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contents APRIL 2018 departments. AROUND TOWN

12 Combining the Worlds of Sport and Art


20 Monitoring Screen Time - for Parents 43 Ask the Teacher


16 Let's Go "Across the Border"!


27 Kids Dance Outreach


06 Editor's Note

08 Community Spotlight 09 Our Social Network 10 Indy's Children RESOURCES & CALENDARS

36 Summer Camp & Program Guide


44 Preschool & Education Guide

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Rainy Day Fun Guide


Real Talk About Autism


Today's Camp Experience

48 April Events 55 Fun & Wacky Calendar SPECIAL NEEDS

24 Helping Kids with Autism Interact with Police 30 Transitioning out of First Steps 32 Special Needs Guide 33 Special Needs Events

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Where to go to dodge the raindrops!

Ask a Dermatologist

Local doctors respond to common skin care questions

Addressing the myths that surround the spectrum

How summer camp has changed with the times





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Spring Fever (n.) A feeling of restlessness and excitement felt at the beginning of spring Have you got a case? After the long, cold winter we’ve had, it seems everyone is just bursting to get outside! And though the temperature may not really qualify as “warm” yet, that doesn’t stop kids (and parents, too) from shedding those heavy coats and boots for t-shirts and sandals …even if we do shiver a little. The month of April has us thinking about all things spring – and a road trip seems like a good place to start. We’re lucky to live in an area where there is so much to do within such a short driving distance. If you’re looking for a vacation destination not too far from home, be sure to check out our article Let’s Go “Across the Border.” Our neighboring states have all kinds of fun things to do with your family this spring. April also marks the beginning of several important campaigns. Autism Awareness Month starts April 1st. In Real Talk About Autism, we address the common misperceptions people often have about 06 INDYSCHILD.COM April 2018

autism, and how local parents of children on the spectrum hope to dispel these myths. Women’s Health Awareness Day is recognized on April 7th, so we’re taking a look at the largest organ of our body – our skin. Read Ask a Dermatologist for answers to a few of the questions moms ask most. And finally, April 30th marks the beginning of National Screen Free Week. We all know how vital it is to limit our kids’ digital access, but how well do we do it ourselves? Monitoring Screen Time – for Parents will open your eyes to just how important this issue is. And lastly, that old phrase “April showers brings May flowers” couldn’t be more true – and while we wouldn’t trade those daffodils and tulips for anything, those spring rains can be a bummer. The remedy? Our Rainy Day Fun Guide has plenty of indoor activities to make even the wettest day a boatload of fun. There’s only one way to cure a case of spring fever – get outside and enjoy everything this season has to offer!

happy spring!

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SPOTLIGHT what to look for in april.

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PEANUTS, POPCORN and CRACKERJACKS The Indianapolis Indians return to Victory Field for their season opener on Friday, April 6! Celebrate the 2018 season opener with “Bike to the Ballpark” from Sun King's downtown brewery to Victory Field. A spectacular fireworks display follows the game. Gates open at 5:30 pm. And don’t forget about the 60 Degree Weather Guarantee: The Tribe and their official weather partner, Fox 59, guarantee the outside temperature will be at least 60 degrees at first pitch or fans in attendance receive a ticket to another April game of their choice!

Location: Victory Field, downtown Indianapolis


the butterflies back Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group has returned to the White River Gardens at the Indianapolis Zoo. Surround yourself with bright, bold, beautiful colors in this immersive, awe-inspiring exhibit in the Hilbert Conservatory at White River Gardens. The popular seasonal showcase features thousands of butterflies flying free throughout an indoor tropical forest. Visitors can witness their incredible metamorphosis unfolding inside the emergence chamber located near the center of the Conservatory. Timed daily releases offer a perfect opportunity for guests to have a close encounter, and a newly hatched butterfly may even pause momentarily on a guest’s hand before taking its first flight. Location: White River Gardens at the Indianapolis Zoo, hilbert-conservatory

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Celebrate Children’s Literacy

IndyPL, in partnership with Reach Out and Read Indiana, invites families and children of all ages for a celebration of language and learning throughout Central Library’s Learning Curve on Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Hear guest celebrities read stories aloud, meet a character from PBS Kids and enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, and more. Families and kids can also read books on their own to win prizes. The best part? Every book read will help build the home library of an at-risk preschooler. Reach Out and Read is a non-profit organization that supports medical providers who give books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud at well-child exams. This program is sponsored by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Location: Central Library's Clowes Auditorium,

plant a tree Trees are amazing things. They clean the air we breathe, provide shade, help slow climate change – and they are just awfully nice to look at. In honor of Arbor Day, here are just a few places you can grab a FREE tree this month:

MONUMENT CIRCLE, downtown Indy. Stop by the circle just outside the IPL building from 11:00 am-2:00 pm on Friday, April 27 when 1,000 free trees will be distributed in honor of Arbor Day. Bonus – there will be FREE pizza, too.

FREEDOM TRAIL PARK, Westfield. Pick up your free seedling while supplies last during Westfield Green Day on Saturday, April 21 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

CONNER PRAIRIE, Fishers. Get a free tree while supplies last and connect with nature during Conner Prairie’s Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 27 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Included with general admission.


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NATURE CENTERS IN CENTRAL INDIANA These local Nature Centers turn a trip to the park into a lesson that encourages kids and families to learn more about their natural surroundings and ecosystems.

10 FREE PLACES TO PLAY INDOORS Rainy days can be challenging with little ones. Thankfully there are a number of indoor spaces in Indy to play when the weather isn't cooperating.

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THIS MONTH'S ONLINE CONTESTS. Puccini's Gift Cards, Indianapolis Indians Tickets, A Stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Beef & Boards Dinner Tickets

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indy’s children Kids are natural born artists and musicians – their creativity just needs an outlet! Check out these pics of children enjoying their own special style of self-expression.

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Combining the Worlds of Sport and Art Creative activities are important building blocks of child development. Toddlers learn names of colors and shapes through coloring. They learn cause and effect while finding out what happens when they mix different colored paints together. Drawing helps develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. You can even help older children develop observational skills needed for science by sending them outside to examine a pinecone, a flower or a brick. Ask them to study the shape, feel the texture and then draw it. For years, paleoartists have used these same observational skills to help the world understand what dinosaurs looked like based on the bones they find. For those who love sports but haven’t been introduced to art – families will now be able to open the door to creativity with a visit to the National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS), which opened at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on March 17, 2018. Much like families can be inspired by dinosaur art to create their own images in the Lanzendorf Gallery or create their own faux glass sculptures under the Chihuly: Fireworks of Glass

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exhibit, they’ll be inspired to create their own sports art in NAMOS. Come see the work of American masters Winslow Homer, George Bellows, Frank Benson, O.M. Pleissner, C.W. Mundy and John Groth. Also included are oil portraits and limited edition prints by artists LeRoy Neiman, Donald Moss and Ray Ellis. World-renowned athletes depicted include Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Reggie Miller, Bobby Orr, Arthur Ashe, Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer. Have your children see how artists capture motion and portray the sense of competition. A hands-on experience of creating their own art will help them problem solve and develop strategies for how they want something to look. Art can also help children verbalize things they might not otherwise be able to communicate. They may draw pictures out of proportion or exaggerate things that are important to them. Educators say kids who are involved in art tend to be more imaginative, creative, better able to interpret life situations, think critically, problem solve and appreciate other points of view.

Visit the new NAMOS gallery and find some artistic inspiration to take home with you!


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RoundTripper Sports Academy

Experience all 24 NCAA sports with two floors of interactive exhibits. Witness a tennis serve at nearly 100 miles per hour, shoot a basket in the 1930’s replica gymnasium or play a game of NCAA trivia. It is a place where the entire family can play.

Main Event is the place to get your FUN on thanks to its distinctive “Eat. Bowl. Play” experience. From family FUN, to epic kids birthday parties, corporate events or just an evening out enjoying a great meal, drink and some games with friends.

700 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 916-4255 —

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RoundTripper Sports Academy is a 40,000 square foot indoor facility, fully turfed in Westfield. Focused on sports skills development, RoundTripper has been providing sports training for tiny-tots to elite athletes across the Midwest for 25 years.

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Experience an indoor, family friendly, 18-hole, zombie-themed putting course – fully lit. You won’t be using "normal" putters. You CAN be turned into a zombie. Affordable birthday parties, and a different theme every weekday evening. Creepy Hours twice a week.

Feel like hitting the arcade, playing a game of laser tag, bouncing or putting on your bowling shoes to hit the lanes? How about climbing a rock wall with four different difficulty levels? Maybe trying something called Euro Bungy is up your alley? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, then this is the place for you.

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Gymboree Play & Music (Carmel and Greenwood) Play and learn classes keep little ones busy rain or shine. Plus music, art and play lab classes are available that can include the family as well. Be sure to take advantage of open gym time, too! Carmel: 12524 N. Gray Rd., Carmel, IN 46033 (317) 574-9626 Greenwood: 1001 N State Rd. 135, Greenwood, IN 46142 (317) 885-9154

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Let’s Go “Across the Border”! Tons of fun awaits just over the state line Travel is not about the distance; it is about the destination – and there are a whole lot of fun family adventures to be found by just crossing a state line or two. Here are a few of our favorite places to visit in our neighboring states. ILLINOIS Giant City State Park Located in the Shawnee National Forest in the southeastern corner of the state, Giant City State Park is a nature lover’s dream. The park, named for the massive sandstone structures that dot the area, has a prehistoric vibe with lush ferns, moss and more than 75 varieties of towering trees. Enjoy horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing/rappelling and more. For an overnight stay, pitch a tent at one of the area’s well-kept campgrounds or opt for the rustic beauty of the Giant City Lodge. Learn more about all the area has to offer at Pages/GiantCity.aspx.


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The Windy City is chock-full of big city fun for the whole family. Spend a day at Museum Campus, a 57-acre park on the shores of Lake Michigan that houses three notable museums: Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. Immerse yourself in the shadows of the skyline with a stroll along the Magnificent Mile or get a unique perspective of the city’s architecture with a

ride on a Chicago Water Taxi. Of course, no trip to Chicago would be complete without a stop at Millennium Park, home to the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture, aka The Bean. For hotel stays and more, visit

OHIO Warren County Just 30 minutes north of downtown Cincinnati, Warren County is fondly known as Ohio’s Largest Playground. Take a covered wagon ride at Bonnybrook Farms, check out the waterfalls at Caesar Creek State Park or take one of the monthly themed train rides aboard the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad. Thrill seekers of all ages will find what they are after at Kings Island, which boasts 9.2 miles of roller coaster track and tons of fun for little ones at Planet Snoopy. Find more things to do and places to stay at

Columbus Columbus’ population is booming – and so is its entertainment scene. Kids of all ages will have fun exploring the interactive science exhibits at COSI, including the newly opened Dinosaur Gallery. Or blow your kids’ minds by taking them on a tour of the American Whistle Company where they can witness their favorite noisemaker being made from start to finish. For an outdoor adventure like no other, head to the Scioto Mile, an urban oasis comprised of more than 175 acres along the riverfront featuring a stunning interactive fountain and the country’s largest free outdoor climbing wall. For more Columbus fun, visit

KENTUCKY Mammoth Caves


TENNESSEE Chattanooga Southern charm meets big city adventure in Chattanooga. The heart of the city is home to both the Creative Discovery Museum and the Tennessee Aquarium. Just outside the city, Lookout Mountain offers stunning views. Take an elevator 1,120 feet under ground to view Ruby Falls and then head above ground to explore Rock City. For a more leisurely pace, spend the day cruising the river aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat. For itineraries, hotel bookings and more, visit www.

Nashville This city’s musical roots come alive at the Country Music Hall of Fame, where kids can explore instruments in the musical petting zoo and take part in programs for all ages. Take in a show at the Grand Ole Opry and then tour Ryman Auditorium, the opry’s original home. And who needs a trip to Greece when you can walk through Nashville’s very own replica of the Parthenon, complete with a 42-foot statue of Athena. When it comes to accommodations, Gaylord Opryland, with indoor and outdoor pools and nine acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls, is a destination in and of itself. Find more on this musical city at www.visitmusiccity. com

Beneath the sandstone-capped ridges of Mammoth Cave National Park lies the most extensive cave system on earth comprised of over 400 miles of passageways. Choose from a number of cave tour options that are offered for all ages and abilities. Despite the name, this destination is about more than just caves. The 52,800-acre park also features miles of hiking and biking trails, horseback riding, canoeing, camping, fishing and more. Learn more at index.htm.

Louisville Best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby, Louisville is packed with attractions that appeal to all ages. Spanning 100 acres deep underneath the city, the Louisville Mega Cavern is home to the world’s only fully underground zip line course, aerial ropes challenge course and bike park. Kentucky Science Center features three f loors of interactive science fun for both kids and grown ups, while the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is one part baseball museum, one part fascinating factory tour. Get the scoop on this southern city at www.

Whether you are looking for a last-minute weekend getaway or are planning ahead to summer vacation, there are plenty of fun, family-friendly destinations that are just a short car trip away. Happy travels! April 2018 INDYSCHILD.COM 17



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MY FACE IS BREAKING OUT NOW LIKE I'M A TEENAGER. WHY AM I GETTING ACNE AT THIS AGE AND WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT? Developing acne in your adult years is very common. Many factors such as hormones, stress and changes in diet can contribute. These factors can affect oil production and create acne-causing bacteria on the skin, as well as clogged pores. As adults, hormone levels fluctuate and stress can have an effect on one’s diet. Eating foods high in trans-fat can also contribute to acne production. To help prevent and treat adult acne, always wash your face to remove excess oil. Try using over-the-counter exfoliating products such as salicylic acid, or adapalene gel to help unclog pores. This controls open and closed comedomes (white and/or blackheads). Benzyl peroxide containing products control inflammatory eruptions (red bumps) that can lead to scarring. Natural products such as apple cider vinegar, honey and cinnamon can also help because they have antioxidant, antiinflammatory and antibacterial properties. Lastly, consider making lifestyle changes to reduce stress, and to maintain a healthy diet. When home remedies or over-the-counter products don’t work, seeing a dermatologist may be necessary. Once you achieve your results, it is important to maintain a healthy skincare regimen. A healthy routine may consist of facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and using quality products at home.

Sonya Campbell Johnson, MD

Dermatology Associates, PC

I KNOW I SPENT TOO MUCH TIME IN THE SUN WITHOUT SUNSCREEN WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. I'M WORRIED ABOUT DEVELOPING SKIN CANCER NOW – WHAT SHOULD I BE LOOKING FOR? Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the skin. Look over your skin regularly and ask someone for help when checking hard to see places. Checking your skin means taking note of all the spots on your body, from moles to freckles to age spots. Not all spots on the skin are the same. Moles can be black, red and even blue.

Pay attention to moles that are different from others that you have. If you see spots that change over time, enlarge, itch or bleed (even if they are small), you should see a dermatologist. Any spot that doesn’t seem to heal within a reasonable time frame is cause for concern, especially if gritty, scaly or bleeding. Remember, if you see any kind of change occur in a spot on your skin, especially in areas with overexposure to the sun, a dermatologist should evaluate you.

Dr. Chris Nebesio, Dermatologist

Dawes Fretzin Dermatology Group LLC

WHAT CAN I DO TO REDUCE THE LOOK OF WRINKLES ON MY FACE THAT IS NON-INVASIVE AND AFFORDABLE TO MAINTAIN? Reducing wrinkles is a goal for many of us as we start to see the long-term effects that the sun and genetics begin to show on our face. There are numerous non-invasive treatments available, but topical retinoids, sunblock and moisturizer are the most important. Retinoids improve the appearance of wrinkles by increasing the collagen and elastin that we lose over time, as well as thickening the dermis (deeper portion of our skin). Retinoids are available in many forms, ranging from overthe-counter, to those sold by a physician, or those requiring a prescription. Sunblock is key to preventing more sun damage that results in wrinkle formation. Look for the active ingredients of Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide for the best protection. Moisturizers are also a must, especially in Indiana winters. These help keep our skin barrier protected, hydrate the upper layer of skin cells to produce a more uniform appearance and allow the body to retain more water, which gives the appearance of “glowing” skin. This is an easy and affordable routine that can help with wrinkles and protect the skin for years to come.

Emily Catherine Keller, MD

IndyDerm Cosmetic & Medical Dermatology April 2018 INDYSCHILD.COM 19

Monitoring Screen Time – for Parents The effects of parent viewed media on your child’s development WORDS BY SHELBY NATION, M.A.CCC-SLP and MAECI EVANS, M.A.CCC-SLP

“Don’t sit so close to that TV, it’s going to rot your eyes out!” My grandmother’s words still echo from my childhood. I was fully engrossed in my tenth viewing of The Indian in the Cupboard and reluctant to move. However, the gore of her visualization was enough for me to scamper back to the couch where I belonged.

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As parents, most of us grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons, movies and some after-school TV. But, we are raising the first generation of children to have non-stop access to the internet, movies and other visual media. Researchers are constantly finding new information about the effect this is having on their brains. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 18 months should avoid screen media and children under the age of five should be limited to one hour a day of high quality programming, preferably co-viewed with an adult. Correlations between child viewed screen times and obesity, poor behavior, delayed language development and inadequate social skills have been noted in recent research.

We know that “too much” screen time is not good for our children. So, in our households, many of us have created clever reward systems such as sending our children outside to play before they can have their tablet or downloading apps to monitor their usage. We are great at setting limits in our children’s lives to help them be the best they can be, but what about setting limits in our lives so we can be the best parents we can be? Whether we watch Facebook videos while our children are playing on the playground, check our email during bath time, or start up Candy Crush in the middle of playtime, the effect this has on our children is not a positive one.

NATIONAL SCREEN FREE WEEK IS APRIL 30- MAY 6. VISIT WWW. SCREEN FREE.ORG FOR IDEAS ON HOW TO PARTICIPATE! Every step of the way, our children are looking to us. They look to see if we notice when they make it across the monkey bars, they want us to see the soap bubble beards they create in the bath, they want us to clap when they build a tower taller than they are. In everything they do, they look to us, but we aren’t looking back. As parents, none of us would believe that any app on a phone is more important than our children. However, in this new era of “continuous partial attention,” they often feel this way.

After hundreds or thousands of missed opportunities for connection, their brains begin to change. Not only do our children stop looking to others for approval, but they also stop looking to others for social cues. In turn, they lose the ability to read these social cues, robbing them of the opportunity to learn by example. Their language development suffers because fewer words are exchanged and their behavior suffers because they have to compete for their parents’ attention. This is not a reality that any of us hope for our children. We want them to be effective communicators who are empathetic, driven, socially adept and confident. So here’s what we can do. Let’s dedicate our attention to our children. No TV in the background, no radio, no phones… just you and your child. If you do need to attend to something, tell your child, “I need to read a couple of emails, I’ll be back in 5 minutes.” If you slip-up and take a peek at your phone, just apologize. “Oops, I forgot, this time is just for you!” And while an episode of Gilmore Girls after a long day of work or scrolling through Facebook for cat memes may not “rot my eyes out,” I will forever be mindful of the impact it will have on my children. Rory and Lorelai will have to wait until after bath and bedtime. I have parenting to do!

Speech pathologists Shelby Nation and Maeci Evans own and operate SpeakIndy, a speech therapy clinic on the northeast side of Indianapolis. SpeakIndy offers innovative services including individual speech/language therapy in Spanish and English, social learning groups, and an Early Learning Program (Developmental Preschool). Interested in a screen-free week survival kit? Contact to learn more.

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real talk About Autism

ADDRESSING THE MYTHS THAT SURROUND THE SPECTRUM It’s likely in today’s society that you have been exposed to someone on the autism spectrum – the son or daughter of a friend, your child’s classmate, or even a character on a TV show. However, even as our collective understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) grows, myths and misconceptions persist. To shed some light on the reality of living with ASD, here are a few common misperceptions those with autism and their families often hear. 22 INDYSCHILD.COM April 2018

Myth #1:

“You don’t look like you have autism.” “What does autism look like?” That’s the response 13-year-old Hannah gives when people are surprised to learn she’s on the spectrum. Mom Lori Taylor, a math and science teacher in Avon, and the author of Dragonfly: A Daughter’s Emergence from Autism… A Practical Guide for Parents, says that Hannah is proud of her autism, but is frustrated when she encounters the stereotype that all people on the spectrum exhibit similar qualities. “It truly is a spectrum,” Lori says, “and to know one child with autism is to know just one child with autism.” Julie Burk, Director of Individual and Family Support for the Autism

Society of Indiana echoes that sentiment, saying, “It’s such an incredible spectrum that some information may be correct for some children, but not for all.”

Myth #2:

“Kids with autism don’t understand feelings.” “A lot of people still think individuals with autism aren’t compassionate or don’t like to be touched,” says Burk. While that might be true for some children on the spectrum, it doesn’t apply to all. Many children with ASD are exceptionally empathetic, while some just need

help understanding how their actions make others feel. As for physical affection, the range is just as broad. For instance, three-year-old Jaxson loves snuggling with his dad, Indianapolis police officer Justin Keehn. “Expressing emotions can be difficult for some kids,” Keehn says. “Many don’t like to be held or to be close to someone, but Jaxson is the opposite of that.”

Myth #3:

“It’s the parents’ fault.” Autism parents are their child’s biggest advocate and loudest voice. Sometimes though, it can look to the outside world as if they aren’t doing enough. Taylor says that while autism meltdowns are very different from normal temper tantrums, she still feels the judgment when it happens in public. “It looks like they’re doing it to get attention and to get what they want, when really they’re having these behaviors because they’re interacting with society and having sensory challenges.” Keehn understands the feeling all too well. “The reason they have meltdowns is because they can’t communicate what they want or need. If you don’t know any better walking by, you can’t tell the difference between that and a temper tantrum.”

Myth #4:

“You must be a genius.” While many children on the spectrum possess certain unique skills or talents, true savant qualities are rare, and are only seen in a small fraction of people with ASD. Burk says it’s a tough myth to shake: “There’s still a stereotype of someone who has some sort of savant abilities. I think we have come a long way with awareness, but we have a long way to go.” Part of the reason this stereotype continues to be perpetuated is because of the way our media portrays individuals on the spectrum, which leads to our next misconception.

Myth #5:

“Autism is kind of cool.” From Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory to Shaun Murphy on The Good Doctor, ASD individuals are having a moment in the spotlight. And while representation is important, most of the characters featured are extremely high-functioning or fall into the small percentage of those who possess genius or savant traits. Burk says it can be difficult for parents or children to see characters on the spectrum portrayed as charming or endearingly awkward, when that is miles from their own experience with ASD.

Myth #6:

“There must be tons of resources nowadays.” More awareness means more help, right? In some cases, yes. Keehne has learned from his own experience that early intervention is key. “Studies have shown the sooner you get a child into a psychologist and into a program, that child’s outcome and quality of life will be better.” But what happens when that child grows into a teenager, and eventually an adult? Burk says, “There are more choices and options for ASD children, but adult programs and options for adolescents are still scarce. There’s a lot of frustration and fear as families start to look towards that.” Fortunately, state and local agencies are working hard to ensure families will continue to have access to resources as their children grow.

Bottom line: the autism spectrum is broad, and the children who are on it each have their own challenges, hopes and dreams. Like all people, those with autism want to be seen past a label, for the unique individuals that they are. April 2018 INDYSCHILD.COM 23


Helping Kids with Autism Interact with Police Advance planning can avoid scary situations Imagine for a moment that you’re a police officer responding to a report of unruly teens at a local park. When you arrive, the first boy you see starts acting suspicious – he refuses to make eye contact, he’s repeating a nonsensical phrase and he won’t answer any questions. Maybe he tries to run away or, worse, tries to grab at something shiny on your uniform – your badge, your keys or your gun.


Take time to practice with your child how to interact with police. Parents can find social stories and videos on the topic online, including the popular “BE SAFE The Movie,” a seven-episode series featuring scenes with real police officers to show children what to expect in different situations. Parents can buy the movie online ( or ask if their local advocacy organization has a copy. “It’s usually not top of mind for parents to practice those interactions because they have so much going on, but just as you practice what to do if your child gets lost or can’t find you in the grocery store, there are opportunities to practice how to talk with police,” Wheeler says.

It’s this scenario, and seemingly endless variations, that often keep the parents of children with autism up at night because this boy’s “suspicious behaviors” could simply indicate that he is on the spectrum. “Unfortunately, there do tend to be more run-ins between individuals on the spectrum and police,” says Marci Wheeler with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) at Indiana University. “Sometimes someone is acting loud and people get worried, or with many people with autism being naive, they can be taken advantage of – ‘Joey, can you take this package to that guy over there?’ – and then police get involved.” The IRCA has spearheaded training options to help police and first responders learn how to recognize and respond appropriately to individuals on the spectrum, but that’s only one part of the puzzle. There are things that parents can do to help their child learn how to be comfortable around police officers and be able to communicate that they are on the spectrum.

CREATE A HANDOUT CARD Dennis Debbaudt, a Florida-based author, law enforcement trainer and father of a young man with autism, encourages parents of young people on the spectrum to develop a handout card to give to police.

MEET POLICE IN A POSITIVE SETTING Introducing a child to local police in a low-stress environment is a good first step, experts say. “We welcome any child and parent to stop by the police department or reach out to our officers when they see them out and about, as long as they are not on a call for service,” says Lt. Dave Dunbar with Fishers Police, where officers complete annual mandatory training in communicating with individuals with special needs. Parents can call ahead to set up a time to visit their local police station or seek out police at community events. Modeling how to interact with police can help a child on the spectrum understand how they should interact with officers, too. “Any opportunity to interact before we have a bad day, I think that’s priceless,” stresses Sgt. Pete Fleck with Brownsburg Police, where officers also have annual training.

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Cards can be generic or personalized, and should include information about the child’s diagnosis, how it could affect his or her interactions with police and parent contact information. Debbaudt notes that it’s also important that parents practice with their child the best way to tell an officer that they have a handout card, avoiding sudden movements and getting permission first to reach for the card. “(The individual should) verbally let the officer know that (they) have autism or Asperger Syndrome and have an information card for them to read. If nonverbal, or if sudden interactions render you nonverbal or mute, consider using a medical alert bracelet for an officer to read that alerts them to your condition and the fact that you have an information card,” Debbaudt writes. More tips can be found on Debbaudt’s website at Although parents will still likely worry about what may happen if their child is in a situation where the police are involved, taking these proactive steps can help everyone feel more safe and prepared.





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Local Spotlight: Kids Dance Outreach Making the arts accessible to all children Kids Dance Outreach is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization that brings high quality arts education and performance opportunities to elementary schools around the city. Indy’s Child spoke with Michael J. Johnson, Founding Director, to learn how his program of encouraging creative expression is impacting our local kids. YOU ATTENDED BUTLER UNIVERSITY BEFORE BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL DANCER WITH THE BOSTON BALLET. HOW DID THAT LEAD YOU TO STARTING KIDS DANCE OUTREACH? I know the power of the arts and what they’re able to do for children’s development. I had a fantastic career in Boston working with dancers, choreographers and musicians from all over the world. Then Butler University called me to be a visiting professor. As soon as I came back to Indianapolis I saw a need for a high-quality dance program. No one was doing that here on a large scale with the benefit of the kids as a top priority, so I said, well, I have to do it. That’s when I started Kids Dance Outreach.

HOW DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION BRING DANCE TO THE COMMUNITY? We partner with elementary schools around Indianapolis and work with their children for a semester or sometimes for a whole year. By the end of our time together they are ready to show off to the school and their families what they’ve been working on. With the arts there’s no instant gratification. It takes weeks and sometimes months for a child to dance well. When an audience stands up and cheers for what these children have accomplished, it’s a feeling they never forget.

YOUR ORGANIZATION HAS AN INNOVATIVE ADAPTIVE DANCE PROGRAM FOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES. CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THAT? The first adaptive dance program we started was for kids with Down syndrome. This semester we’ve split into two levels, beginner and experienced, because of the demand. It’s so rewarding to see the growth, the improvements in confidence and the kid’s achievements. Sometimes they’re very simple achievements and sometimes they’re dramatic. We also have a project called the Imagine Project for children of all abilities. The class is designed to bring children together. Some of our experienced children in the elementary schools come and dance alongside kids with spina bifida or cerebral palsy or kids with other challenges. It’s beautiful because these children are making friends across these situations where they might not have ever come into contact with each other. If we’re able to bring children together, then maybe all of us adults can learn something.



We don’t charge children to participate in the program. Since we began in 2012 we have worked with 8,500 kids and haven’t charged a single child. We want all children to be able to participate and grow through our programs. If we were a traditional arts school, we would be charging children and that would exclude so many kids that couldn’t afford this opportunity. So, we need donations and corporate sponsors to keep our programs running.

There’s so much financial support for sports, especially around Indiana. Sports teach teamwork – that’s positive and excellent. However, there are a lot of children that are more drawn to the arts. What we are doing with dance is no less important than what any sports program can teach children. The arts also have the ability to bring people together from different backgrounds, religions and preferences. It opens people’s minds and forges friendships. That’s the power of the arts.

To learn more about Kids Dance Outreach visit their website at https://kidsdance PHOTO CREDIT KIDS DANCE OUTREACH

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Transitioning out of First Steps 4 Things to know about the process For parents of young children, the days often seem to last forever, but the years quickly fly by. It’s a dichotomy witnessed daily by those involved with First Steps, the state program that provides early intervention services to children, birth through age 3, who have developmental delays or disabilities. “As soon as a child enters our program, we essentially start preparing that family for transition out of our program,” says Indiana First Steps Director Christina Commons. “Birth through age 3 is really such a small amount of time, so from the moment they come in, we’re starting to prepare them for what happens after.” That next step can be an overwhelming one for parents, who face an array of options, changing services and a hard deadline – their child’s third birthday. Here are four things to know if you have a child who will be transitioning out of First Steps.

1. YOU HAVE OPTIONS When a child in First Steps turns 30 months old, communication begins with the child’s local school district. Between 270 and 90 days before the child’s third birthday, a transition meeting is held, where parents, the First Steps service coordinator and school special education representatives discuss future options and create a transition plan. “Depending on your child’s diagnosis and what their current needs are, it can give us an idea of what the child will qualify for, whether that’s full-on developmental preschool or something else,” says Erica Walker, a service coordinator with First Steps and a Health Information Specialist with Family Voices Indiana, along with the mother of a 6-year-old daughter with special needs.

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Several options exist for children after First Steps, including public developmental preschool, community preschool, Head Start, clinic-based therapy and home-based therapy. Commons urges parents to go see the different options first-hand. “Go observe a classroom in the school. Go observe a community classroom setting. Take your child and see how the adults receive them and how they interact with other kids,” she says. “If parents don’t have that option, at least call that setting and see if other parents would be able to talk to them and share their experience.”

receive weekly feeding therapy with First Steps, but the service likely wouldn’t be offered by the school because it doesn’t directly affect education. The duration and style of therapies often change, too. Sessions with First Steps are one-on-one in the home and last about an hour. With the school system, services can be provided one-on-one, in large or small groups, and in or out of the classroom, and they’re typically given in minutes per month, which can be broken up in various time blocks.





Often, one of the biggest shocks to parents when their child leaves First Steps is how much the services offered change. While First Steps therapies are centered on developmental milestones, services from the schools are educational-based, focusing on what prevents a child from learning. So, for example, a child could

Timing is everything when it comes to transitioning out of First Steps. Walker encourages families to start the process earlier rather than later to give themselves more time to consider their options.

“I tell my families that they may be nervous about the process, but it’s easier to get it going now than it is to try to start it when there may not be enough time before the child’s third birthday,” she says. “Go through the process and find out what the school will offer you. You ultimately get to make the decision about what's the right fit for your child.” Experts also urge parents to explore the referral and evaluation processes for potential private therapies early on, so they’re not left dealing with a gap in services. This is also a good time to see if a child would qualify for a Medicaid waiver to help provide therapies not offered at school.

4. REACH OUT FOR SUPPORT Thankfully, parents do not have to navigate this transition alone. Their First Steps service provider can help them each step of the way. “We encourage parents to talk to their service coordinator about what their fears are, what options they’re considering. They can go look at places with you, and they can give you the pros and cons of each setting,” Commons says. “They have helped hundreds of other families, and they can be a great sounding board and resource for families.”

Other places to find transition support include the Indiana Department of Education’s “Preschool Special Education: A Parent’s Guide” ( specialed/preschool-special-education-services-parent%E2%80% 99s-guide) and Family Voice’s Indiana’s transition page ( wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Transitioning_From_First_Steps.pdf)

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SPECIAL NEEDS guide ABA AUTISM SERVICES BIERMAN ABA AUTISM BY DAMAR CENTER ABA provides proven research-based treatments and interventions for children with Autism and their families, ensuring that children learn, gain confidence and purpose, and engage in meaningful interactions in their everyday lives. 9905 Fall Creek Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Kristin Dovenmuehle, Director, Phone: 317-813-4690, Email: info@damar. org,

BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS CENTER FOR AUTISM The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism uses the principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, self-help, academic, daily living and life skills to individuals with autism and other related disabilities in the greater Indianapolis and Elkhart areas. BACA 1: 11902 Lakeside Drive, Fishers, IN 46038, 317-288-5232 BACA Prep: 9929 E. 126th St., Fishers, IN 46038, 317-436-8961 BACA Z: 6704 Central Blvd., Zionsville, IN 46077, 317-769-4335 BACA Hart: 30380 County Road 6, Elkhart, IN 46514, 574-343-2001 Email:,

BEHAVIORWORKS ABA We work with you! BehaviorWorks provides Early Intervention for Autism and Indiana Medicaid Waiver Behavior Support Services. BehaviorWorks is a team you can grow with. We use the evidence-based strategies of ABA to create effective behavioral solutions. Are you looking for a fresh perspective? Take action for positive change with BehaviorWorks. 618 N. High School Road Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46214-3684​, Contact: Ann Baloski, Executive Director, Phone: 317-731-7777, Email:,

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We work with children with autism spectrum disorders up to the age of 13. We specialize in providing early intervention, personalized and intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Speech & OT programs. Our early intensive intervention programs (EIBI) are designed to help children learn skills across many different developmental domains in order to be happy and successful in any environment, whether that be in the home, community or the classroom. Whether your child was just recently diagnosed or has been in a traditional school setting but unable to make adequate progress, we deeply believe every child is capable of learning with the right programming in place. We are positive our dedicated and talented team can make a difference. Locations in Broad Ripple, Westfield and Avon.

turn-taking, making eye contact, nonverbal communication, and following social rules. Our Skill BuilderTM Clubs are based on evidence-based neuropsychological research involving analyzing patterns, predictability, and understanding how things work and utilizing those skills in a social context to make learning fun, playing to a child’s strengths, not their disabilities. For additional details please contact our office at (317) 288-7606. Enroll now at! 7478 Shadeland Station Way, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Phone: 317-288-7606, Email: info@,


6060 N College Avenue, Indianapolis IN 46220, Phone: (317) 815-5501, Email: info@;

Children struggling with autism want to express themselves, interact with their world and enjoy life. Cornerstone goes the extra mile to see that they do. They provide one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. Cornerstone's mission is to maximize those who struggle, embrace those who love and fulfill those who serve.


Phone: 317-888-1557, Email: info@,

One of the few clinics in the country providing physical and occupational therapies on horseback (hippotherapy) for children with special needs. Serving kiddos, ages 18 months to 13 years, with diagnoses including cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, and developmental delay. In-network with most major health insurance carriers and Indiana Medicaid. 9919 Towne Road, Carmel, Indiana. Phone: (317) 872-4166; Email: info@; www.childrens

CHILDREN'S THERAPY CONNECTION Calling all Master Builders! Children’s Therapy Connection is now forming LEGO® Skill Builder Clubs for children with social anxiety conditions, Autism spectrum disorders, or communication difficulties. From Asperger’s Syndrome to speech delays, LEGO® building can be a valuable component to any therapy program. CTC takes it to the next level with our Skill BuilderTM Clubs, providing schoolaged peer groups a platform to share their individual strengths while addressing social skill-building strategies such as using greetings,

DISABILITY & AUTISM SERVICES OF INDIANA Our mission is to provide the highest quality ABA Therapy and supporting Speech Therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism in their natural environments. We utilize the most effective research-based behavior interventions and specialize in maximizing learning opportunities and outcomes. We work closely with parents, family members, educators, and behavioral staff to provide training and support in order to make the most significant impact for the individuals we serve. Locations in Fishers & Greensburg; we offer in home, school, clinic and community-based ABA therapies. 9780 Lantern Rd., Ste. 130, Fishers, IN 46037, Phone: (317) 863-8110, Email: info@;

EASTERSEALS CROSSROADS Offering comprehensive disability services for people of all ages. Early Intervention, Autism Services, PT, OT, Speech Therapy, Feeding/Swallowing issues, Augmentative Comm-unication, Assistive Technology, Multi-sensory Therapy Rooms, Summer Camps, Life/Social Skills Groups, Deaf Community Services, Autism Family Resource Center. 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Phone: 317-466-1000, Email: info@, http://www.

ST. JOSEPH INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI) is Indiana's only full-time school dedicated to helping young children (birth to age 8) who are deaf or hard of hearing develop spoken language and literacy skills with the focus of transitioning into their local, community school. Dramatic advances in technology, including sophisticated hearing aids and cochlear implants, give children with significant hearing loss access to sound. With appropriate speech therapy, auditory rehabilitation and language training, children are able to develop spoken language skills. St. Joseph Institute offers a variety of Listening and Spoken Language programs including: early intervention services, internet therapy, full-time preschool program, mainstream support, ongoing consultation, and comprehensive educational training opportunities for families and professionals. With over 175 years of experience, we are professional leaders in the field of Listening and Spoken Language education. Visit our website for more information. 9192 Waldemar Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Phone: 317-471-8560,



APRIL 2018 SUN 07 SUPER SPECTRUM SYMPOSIUM Come enjoy a full day of professionals presenting on topics that matter to families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Article 7 and Special Education Parenting, Gut Health and Picky Eaters, Indiana's Medicaid Waiver and CSHCS, Transitioning Beyond High School, ABA and Music Therapy. FREE. More info and to register: greenesullivanautismparentsupport. Location: Vincennes University ICAT Auditorium, Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm

SENSORY FRIENDLY HOURS AT CONNER PRAIRIE Free admission for guests on the autism spectrum or with other sensory or developmental challenges. Conner Prairie opens one hour early for guests with autism and sensory or developmental challenges and their caregivers to enjoy a quieter experience. We trust that the public will respect this time for guests who will benefit from smaller crowds. You’ll have full access to the park and its offerings such as interacting with baby animals, self-guided exploration of outdoor historical areas, crafts and more. Please note: 1859 Balloon Voyage will not be flying during this time. If needed, guests will find designated areas marked as Quiet Spots, which offer a quiet location with a sensory kit that includes a weighted blanket and soft sensory toys, among other items. More info: Location: Conner Prairie, Time: Guests must arrive between 9:00-10:00 am to receive free admission but can stay for the entire day

WED 10 SENSORY FRIENDLY FILMS: “READY PLAYER ONE” AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! More info: sensory-friendly-films Location: AMC Castleton 14, Time: 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-577-9538

SENSORY FRIENDLY FILMS: “READY PLAYER ONE” AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! More info: sensory-friendly-films Location: AMC 17, Time: 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-784-0989

FRI 12 PATINS PROJECT TECH EXPO Preview assistive and accessible technologies and services and learn about accessibility and technology supports for ALL students and families. Exhibit Hall open and presentations throughout the day. FREE. More info: services/conferences/tech-expo Location: 502 Event Centre Carmel, Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-333-7278

SUN 14 SENSORY FRIENDLY FILMS: “SHERLOCK GNOMES” AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! More info: sensory-friendly-films Location: AMC Castleton 14, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-577-9538

SENSORY FRIENDLY FILMS: “SHERLOCK GNOMES” AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! More info: sensory-friendly-films Location: AMC 17, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-784-0989

THUS 19 CELEBRATE AUTISM AWARENESS Join the Johnson County Autism Support Group for a night of food, games and prizes. This event is free, but you must sign up in advance by emailing Jcasg@jcasg. org. More info: Location: Cornerstone Autism Center, Time: 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-691-1196

SUN 22 BEST BUDDIES FRIENDSHIP WALK The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the number one walk in the country raising awareness and funds to support inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Every walk is the chance to show the communities how far they have come. It’s also the perfect way to celebrate the abilities and uniqueness within everyone More info: Location: White River State Park, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-436-8440

TUES 24 MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR WAIVER The Arc Advocacy Network will discuss Medicaid Waivers, different services available under the waiver, and ways individuals and families can maximize the services and supports they receive. Free. More info: Location: Zionsville Educational Services Center, Time: 6:30-7:30 pm, Phone: (317) 881-0789 ext 62997

WED 25 SENSORY STORYTIME Preschoolers ages 3-6 on the autism spectrum or with sensory integration challenges are invited for this storytime in a small, interactive setting. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Call register. Location: Wayne Branch Library, Time: 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4530

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Today’s Camp Experience How summer camp has changed with the times

Camps have become more inclusive. Rosenberg says that when he went to camp it was rare to see children with disabilities there. Now, camp is truly for everyone. Many camps employ Inclusion Coordinators that allow the camp to invite a more diverse population of campers and work to serve the needs of each child, no matter their ability level. “Inclusion camping is on the rise in a big way,” says Rosenberg. “There is a camp out there for every child.”

Shorter camp sessions are available.

have clued us in about, medical needs or mental, emotional, social and health issues.” And today’s parents do a better job of letting camp directors know what kind of individualized attention their child would benefit from. “We’re grateful to know the needs of each and every child well,” says Rosenberg. “That helps a camp director deliver on the promise to that child and make sure they have an exceptional summer at camp.”

The idea of sending kids off for summer camp has been around for over 150 years. While some things about the experience have remained the same for generations, much has changed in the two decades since parents went to camp. We spoke with Tom Rosenberg, President and CEO of the American Camp Association, to find out what’s different since parents packed their bags and headed off to camp. More than ever, camps are working hard to meet the needs of every child. Each child comes to camp with a unique set of circumstances – and camps want to know what they are. Rosenberg says, “That plays out in dietary restrictions, challenges the kids are dealing with at home that parents 34 INDYSCHILD.COM April 2018

The types of activities offered has exploded. While the core activities of camp – swimming, boating, archery, hiking and campfires with s’mores – have remained steady, kids now have an array of diverse options to choose from as well. “Today we’re doing more high adventure,” says Rosenberg. “More ropes courses, zip lines, rock climbing and mountain biking.” Musical and theatrical art opportunities have also increased. Some camps also offer STEM programming or teach kids about coding or robotics. “Camps used to have black and white photography. Today there might be a podcast activity or videography,” Rosenburg says. “We also offer metal work, glassblowing and mixed media. There are lots of new things – it’s pretty exciting.”

Today’s parents may feel a little more hesitant to send their child off to camp for weeks at a time. “It’s harder for parents to separate from their children for the summer,” says Rosenberg. Because of that, camp sessions are shorter on the whole. “One to two-week sessions are very popular,” says Rosenberg. “But there are still camps that offer six or seven-week sessions.”

Parents don’t have to wait till camp is over to hear about it. Camp counselors communicate with parents in a way that wasn’t possible twenty years ago. “When I was a camper I don’t think our parents ever saw a photo of what was going on at camp until after camp was over,” says Rosenberg. Today, many camps publish photos nearly every day and some of them post weekly videos. In fact, because there’s such a demand for this kind of connection, some camps hire full-time photography and videography staff. Camp counselors may also make phone calls to parents to let them know how their children are doing. “We want to give parents a one-way mirror into their child’s experience,” says Rosenberg. “When parents know their child is enjoying camp, they let that child fully have that experience.”

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801 West 73rd Street, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 726-5584, email:,

5885 Crittenden Ave., Indianapolis, Contact: Kelly Lucas, Phone: (317) 251-1451, email:,

6102 Boy Scout Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46226, Contact: Jacob Yarling, (317) 546-6031, Email:,

Dates: June 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29 and July 9-13, 16-20 Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00am–noon Ages: 18 mos. through 9 years of age Activities: Themes vary by week.

Dates: June 11 - 14; June 18 - 21; June 25 – 28 Hours: 9am to Noon; 12:30 to 3:30pm; 8am to 3pm Ages: 1st through 8th grade Activities: Theatre; Community Service; Robotics; Coding; Art; Cooking; Improv Comedy; Creative Writing; Basketball, Baseball; Softball; Football; Lacrosse; Volleyball; Wrestling; Soccer; Cheerleading

Special needs: Wheel Chair accessible, behavioral support team Dates: July 2 - July 20 Hours: 8:00 am-4:00 pm, (5:30 pm extended day option) Ages: 6-11 Gender: Boys and girls Activities: Swimming, Archery, BB Guns, Obstacle Courses, Crafts, STEM, games, outdoor learning

A Children's Habitat Montessori School offers 6 weeks of themed camp fun for children 18 months through age 9. Taught by our own Montessori teachers, these camps offer multi-age environments filled with child-led activities in our indoor and outdoor classrooms and play spaces. Cooking to science, art to gardening to geology, children let curiosity guide every discovery! All camps are $135 per week.

ART CAMPS AT THE SULLIVANMUNCE CULTURAL CENTER 225 West Hawthorne, Zionsville, Contact: Cynthia Young, Phone: (317) 873-4900, email: cynthiayoung@sullivanmunce. org, Dates: June-July Hours: 9am-4pm Ages: 7-17 Activities: Art, including outdoor activities

Summer art camps for children ages 7-17. All-day and half-day art camps available. Indoor and outdoor activities. Campers will be introduced to a variety of art materials and techniques. Come ready to get dirty and have fun!

BETH-EL ZEDECK EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER “DOG DAYS OF SUMMER” Phone: (317) 259-6854, email:, Dates: Session 1: June 4 - June 29 Session 2: July 2 - July 27 Hours: Flexible hours. Half Days/Full Days Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pickup anytime up until 6 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays Ages: 12 months+ through 5 years+ Activities: Weekly creative themes, arts and crafts, water fun at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Aquatic Complex for 3's 4's and 5's. Water play for 12 months through 2's. Music/Creative Movement, Entertainment, Field Trip Fridays for 4's and 5's.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Our Program recognizes that children learn through play. Play fosters total development and should be interwoven in everything children do. During camp, the children will experiment and explore by using all five senses. Our campers will thrive on creativity, exploration, discovery, spontaneity and lots of love! 36 INDYSCHILD.COM April 2018

Bishop Chatard High School offers a variety of camps that encourage 1st through 8th grade students to explore new interests, challenge their imaginations and hone current skills. Athletic and enrichment camps appeal to students interested in theatre, technology, music, sports, community service, art and more. Half and full-day camps are available, or your child may bring a lunch and experience different camps in our morning and afternoon sessions. Early-bird and multiple camp discounts are available. Visit to learn more and to register.

BUTLER YOUTH SOCCER CAMPS 5100 Lester St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Phone: (516) 315-1502, Dates: 6/11-6/15 & 6/25-6/29 & 7/16-7/20 Ages: 6-14

All camps are run by Paul Snape, Butler University Head Men’s Soccer Coach and his Coaching Staff. 2017 Big East Conference Champions & Coaching Staff of the Year, Butler Youth Soccer Camp Philosophy is to Develop ball mastery, Develop creative and confident players, Inspire players to succeed, Encourage FUN & ENJOYMENT.

CAMP AYS Various Locations. Phone: (317) 283-3817; Email: info@; Dates: varies depending on school district Hours: 6:30am to 6pm (varies depending on school district) Ages: 5 through 13

Camp AYS offers fun adventures focused on science, art, health and the environment. Lots of active games, new friends and new experiences make Camp AYS the place to be this summer. Marion & Hendricks Co., grades 1-6 (children entering kindergarten welcome as long as they are 5 years old on the first day of camp).

Acclaimed as the world's greatest day camp, Belzer offers tons of opportunities to the Boys and Girls of Central Indiana. 100 years in operation on a 200 acre facility surrounded by forest in the middle of the city. Belzer is the ideal stomping grounds for the youth to grow, play, and learn. It is our goal to provide new experiences of the highest quality for every child who enters our gate.

CAMP CARSON YMCA 2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN, Phone: (812) 385-3597, email:, Special needs: Type 1 Diabetes, Camps for kids of military families Dates: June 3-July 27 Ages: 7-16 Activities: Horseback riding, dirt bikes, robotics, nature, arts & crafts, archery, climbing tower, riflery, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, soccer, basketball, mountain bikes, mountain boards, woodworking, radio station and more.

Fly from the zipline, create a clay pot, ride horses or dirt bikes. Build your confidence and self-esteem as you join campers and staff from around the country and the world in a camp family where all kids are Accepted, Challenged and Empowered. ALL new cabins built in 2014.

CAMP CROSLEY YMCA Phone: (574) 834-2331, Email:, Dates: One week sessions starting June 3 -August 4 Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm for the office Ages: 6-15 Activities Included: H2Whoa Zone Water Recreation Area with beach, swimming, log rolling, high ropes course, zipline, climbing wall, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, archery, Riflery, field sports, crafts, music fusion, photography, videography, journalism, GaGa, 9 Square in the Air, carpetball, waterskiing/ wakeboarding, horsback riding, mini bikes, sailing, SCUBA

For over 100 years Camp Crosley YMCA has been strengthening individuals, families and communities through our residential camping, outdoor education and groups and retreats programs. Located on 400 acres on Lake Little Tippecanoe in northern Indiana, our facilities are warm and welcoming and our staff, well trained. Come to Camp Crosley YMCA. It's where you BELONG.

CAMP INVENTION Multiple locations throughout Indianapolis, Phone: (800) 968-4332, email:, Special needs: Yes Dates: Varies by location Ages: Kindergarten through 6th grade

Camp Invention’s all-new summer curriculum, allows children in grades K-6 to create a vehicle of the future, design a mechanical robot dog, and build futuristic dream homes. Visit or call (800) 968-4332 to register. Use promo code Ideas25 to save $25 (expires 3/23) and Ideas15 to save $15 (expires 5/4).

CAMP JCC 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis (46260), Phone: 317-2519467, email:, camp-jcc/ Dates: June 4, 2018-July 27, 2018 Ages: Grades K-9 Activities: drone camp, day camp including daily use of our water park, tennis, soccer, Pacers basketball, STEAM camp, adventure camp

Camp JCC days are full of activities, including daily use of our 70,000 square foot Eskenazi Water Park with 300-foot-long lazy river and Wednesday and Friday cookouts. We’re proud of our fully trained, professional and committed staff who instill in campers core values like kindness and appreciation.

CARMEL CLAY PARKS & RECREATION | SUMMER CAMP SERIES 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel, IN, Phone: (317) 573-5240, email:, Special needs: Contact with questions Dates: June 4-August 3 (Monday-Friday) Hours: 7am-6pm (hours vary by specific camp) Ages: 5-15 years (ages vary by specific camp) Activities: Themes include: art, theatre, sports, nature and science.

The Summer Camp Series themes include art, theatre, sports, nature and science. Camps run 7am-6pm (Mon-Fri), but vary based on camp. Ratios are either 1-to-10 or 1-to-12 depending on the camp offering. We hope to see you at camp this summer!

CENTRAL INDIANA ACADEMY OF DANCE/CIDE 14950 Greyhound Ct.,Suite #4 Carmel, Phone: (317) 581-2423, contact: Vikki Gauker, Email: Studio@ciaodance. com,

There’s something for everyone this summer at Central Indiana Academy of Dance!! The summer starts off June 11th with our popular young dancer day camps, featuring themes such as Moana and Frozen for ages 3 -6!! Themes change each week, as do the crafts, and each camp features a studio performance at the end of the week! And don’t forget to join us for our Youth Dance Camp June 25th -29th, for ages 6-10, and Central Indiana Dance Ensemble’s annual Summer Intensive, for your experienced dancer, June 11th - 22nd!

CINCINNATI REDS BASEBALL/ SOFTBALL CAMPS Billericay Park: 12600-12883 Promise Rd., Fishers, IN 60555, Contact: Tim Rappe, Phone: (855) 846-7337, Email: Trappe@, Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Sports Hours: 9am-3pm; M-F Dates: Billericay Park in Fishers; 6/18-6/22, 2018 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395 Activities Included: VIP trip to Great American Ball Park, full Reds uniform (hat, jersey, belt, MLB-style pants), 4 game tickets

Official Camps of the Reds. 30 hrs. of World Class baseball/ softball training and unforgettable Reds experience. Meet a current player at GABP. 30 hrs. of instruction. Bring a buddy and save $25. Maybe the best baseball camp in America. Camp sold out last year so register early.

Dates: June - July Ages: 3-18

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CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE CHINESE CULTURE CAMP Phone: (317) 278-7900, email:, Dates: June 4 - July 27 2018 Ages: Grades K-8 Activities: Chinese, Calligraphy, Crafts & Sports, Singing & Dancing, Math & Reading

For language learning, the younger the better. To better prepare our children to learn about China, the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis offers a Chinese Culture summer day camp for K-8 students (at least 5 years old). The camp is held on the IUPUI campus, and last for 1-8 weeks.

CONNER PRAIRIE SUMMER DAY CAMPS 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN, Phone: (317) 776-6000, email:, Dates: May 29 - August 3, 2018 Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm; early arrival and late pick up are available for additional fee

Adventure Camp includes a backyard zip line, swimming, canoeing, fishing, horse riding, crafts, hiking, challenge course, archery and more! All outdoor action packed fun! Specialty Camp activities vary by camp. We offer Art Camp, Archaeology Camp, Maker Camp, Science Camp for Girls, Science Camp for Boys, and Photography Camp. Camps are in a unique environment, with well trained, skilled staff.

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CYO CAMP RANCHO FRAMASA Phone: (888) 988-2839, email: info@campranchoframasa. org, Special needs: All programs are inclusive of all children Dates: June 3 - July 27 Ages: 7-19+ Activities: Horseback riding, Swimming, High Ropes, Drama, Archery, Sports, Games, Arts & Crafts, Firebuilding, Canoeing, Campfires, All Camp Evening Games, etc.

culture, campers will develop a stronger sense of purpose, while learning about themselves and their community. Each week ends with a performance showcase of the activities.

GRIZ KIDS DAY CAMPS AND JUNIOR SOCCER CAMP Franklin College, Franklin, IN, Contact: Cristin Allen, Phone: (317) 738-8770, Email:, http://

American Camp Association accredited camp. Established in 1964, our residential camp offers 3 and 6 day sessions in beautiful Brown County, Indiana. Our day camps are located in Indianapolis. Operated by the Catholic Youth Organization and inclusive of all children of all abilities. A United Way agency camp.

Dates: June 11-14, July 23-27, July 17-19 Hours: 8:00 am-5:00 pm and 9:00 am-3:00 pm Ages: 5-14 Gender: Male and Female Activities: Soccer, swimming, arts and crafts


The GRIZ KIDS Day Camps and Junior Soccer Camp are for players entering K-8th grade in the Fall of 2018. The camps are designed to learn the fundamental skills of soccer in a fun and encouraging environment, and players will use these skills to play fun small-sided games!

5950 E. 46th St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 631-1870, Email:, Dates: June 11 -July 20, 2018 Hours: 8:00am - 5:30pm Ages: 5 -14 (k-8th) Activities Included: Academic enrichment (math/language arts/ socialstudies), arts and crafts, theater, hands-on activities, manners and etiquette lessons, team building, games, weekly field trips.

Six weekly sessions of learning and fun! Our camp fosters discovery, appreciation of the arts, and personal growth. Highlighting Indiana and African American history and

HERITAGE DAY CAMPS 6401 E 75th St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 849-3441, email:, www.heritagechristian. net/summer Dates: June 4, 2018-July 27, 2018 Hours: 9 am-3:30 pm Ages: Entering Kindergarten-Entering 5th Grade Activities: Academic STEM enrichment activities, Field Trips office campus

June 4-8, Spy Week; June 11-15 Art Extravaganza; June 18-22 Amazing Race; June 25-29 Space Week; July 9-13 Spring Hill; July 16-20 Camp Invention; July 23-27 Game Creating

HERRON SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN YOUTH ART CAMP, PRE-COLLEGE, AND SUMMER TEEN INTENSIVES Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 278-9404, programs/index.html Dates: June 11-29 Age: Grades 3-12 Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (extended hours available)

Herron’s summer programs are designed to seed inspiration, foster curiosity, and channel enthusiasm. Youth Art Camp allows campers to explore drawing and illustration, design, object making. Summer Teen Intensives offer immersive half-day and full day courses. Herron Pre-College is an intensive two-week summer program designed for college bound high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates.

INDIANA BALLET CONSERVATORY'S SUMMER STORYBOOK CAMPS 849 W. Carmel Drive, Carmel, Phone: (317) 202-1617, email: contact@, Dates: June 4-15 Hours: 9 am-noon Ages: 3-5 Activities: Themed crafts, games and snacks Summer Storybook Camps, Week 1: Royal Prince & Princess Camp, Week 2:Under the Sea Camp

Themed crafts, games, and snacks will be provided (students with dietary restrictions or allergies should bring their own snack). All parents and visitors will enjoy a casual demonstration on the last day of camp. Multiple weeks are encouraged and Full Scholarships are available for Gentlemen.

INDIANA REPERTORY THEATRE SUMMER YOUTH WORKSHOPS 140 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Contact: Randy Pease, Phone: (317) 916-4842, email:, Dates: June 18 through July 20. Three different camps available. Hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Ages: 8-18 Activities: Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance, Voice, Movement, Shakespeare, Directing, Design, and Playwriting

IRT Summer Youth Workshops engage children in creative work alongside IRT artists! In Step On Stage, aspiring performers explore skills every actor needs. In Stage & Scene, experience a world of theatre careers including acting, directing, and production. Finally, our Summer Conservatory for Youth provides intensive training for young actors.

INDIANAPOLIS ART CENTER 820 E 67th Street, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 255-2464, email: jnieto@, Dates: June 11-July 27, 2018 Hours: 8:30 am-6 pm Ages: 4-18 Activities: Art, Creativity, Painting, Ceramics, Film, Animation, Glassblowing, Woodworking, Jewelry Making and more.

Join us for a summer of art making, fun and new friendships! In the Indianapolis Art Center's Summer Art Camps, campers work with professional artists to explore new media, improve their artistic skills, express themselves creatively and gain a deeper appreciation for the visual arts.

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day. Our Arthur Ashe Reading Room is open to campers with over 800 books to checkout and read.

Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Email:, Contact: Lauren Southard, Phone: (317) 940-9640,


Special Needs Offered: Offering a special learners camp Dates: June 4-7 and July 23-27 Hours: 9am-4pm Ages: 1st grade - 8th grade Activities: Singing, playing instruments, movement, games.

ICC’s Summer Choral Fest! A summer camp for kids who love music. The highest quality choral music experience woven in between fun musical activities and camp friendships! Includes a performance at the conclusion of camps. Financial Assistance is Available.

INDIANAPOLIS COMMUNITY TENNIS PROGRAM 1805 E 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN; Phone: (317) 259-5377; Email:; Dates: May 29 - July 27, 2018 Hours: 8 am - 5 pm; 9 am - 3 pm; or 2 pm - 5 pm Ages: 7 and up Activities: Tennis, Table Tennis, Swimming, Field Games, and more

Fun activities rain or shine! Our daily camps offer up to 45 hours per week of fun activities rain or shine, including three hours of tennis daily combined with table tennis, swimming, board games, field activities, and athletic conditioning every

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4330 N. Michigan Road, Indpls, IN, 46208 Phone: (317) 923.1951, Email:, summer-camps/ Dates: June 18-22 & 25-29, 2018

Your child can explore the world this summer from the safety of the International School of Indiana. From immersive art and cooking classes to sports and cultural experience, as well as SAT preparation for older students, summer camps at ISI provide the chance to play hard, keep learning and make lifelong friends.

JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY MUSEUM HOME CREATIVE WRITING SUMMER CAMP 528 Lockerbie St, Indianapolis, Indiana, Contact: Chris Mize, Phone: (317) 808-8565, Email:, Date: Week 1, June 25-29; Week 2, July 30-Aug. 3 Hours: Two sessions, 9:00 am-noon and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Ages: 2nd Grade - 8th Grade Activities: Creative Writing, Story Creation, History, Outdoor Activities

At our Creative Writing Summer Camp, we inspire kids to explore their creativity and build their writing skills at the historic home of James Whitcomb Riley. The camp features

educational activities led by Professor Watermelon that help campers find their creative muse and express themselves through story creation.

JEWEL SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMP 5750 E. 30th Street, Indianapolis; Phone: (317) 591-5050, email:; http://www. Dates: June 11-August 3 Hours: 7am-6pm Ages: 5-13 Activities: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, indoor and outdoor activities, STEM/STEAM academic programming, and field trips

JEWEL Summer Enrichment Camp is an 8-week program for youth, ages 5-17, to participate in indoor and outdoor activities providing fun-filled opportunities to grow academically and spiritually. Programming includes a STEM/STEAM curriculum, field trips, and more. To register, visit Click on the MINISTRIES tab, then SPORTS & RECREATION.

robotics, rocketry, computer gaming and development to theatre, visual arts, and creative writing. Before and after care is available.


Dates: June 11, 2018 to August 17, 2018 Hours: 9 am to 4 pm (extended hours available, 7 am to 5:45 pm) Ages: 3-12 Activities: Art, drama, games, recreational swimming, field trips

4 different locations in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville & Zionsville, Phone: (317) 443-6831, contact: Sylvia Runningen & Buffe Challand, email: sylvia@myartindy. com, Dates: Every week thru the summer starting June 4th - August 2 Hours: 9:30am-noon or 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:30pm-4:00pm Ages: For Kids Ages 5 and Up Type of Camp: Day, Summer Classes Gender of Campers: Boys and Girls Activities: 2-D art, drawing, painting, printmaking and collaging plus 3-D Sculpting.

Myart is here to keep your child busy with creative art projects all through the summer with our 4 day and 1 day camps. We provide art camps in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Zionsville during fall, winter, spring and summer breaks. Our campers have a great time as they learn drawing, painting, collaging and sculpting techniques and work in a variety of media, all centered on a specific theme.

PARK TUDOR SCHOOL 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240​; Phone: (317) 415-2700; Email:, Dates: June 4 - July 27, 2018 Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Ages: 3 - 18

Park Tudor offers a variety of summer classes and camps for children ages 3 - 18. Choices include academic options, arts and crafts, sports and more. Class lengths vary from one to three weeks; campers can register for multiple sessions, as well as morning, afternoon, or all-day camps.​

SUMMER U AT UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL 2825 W. 116th Street, Carmel IN, Phone: (317) 733-4475, Email: mbeckman@, Dates: June 11-29 and July 9-27 Ages: elementary, middle, and high school students

University High School offers several enrichment summer camps and courses for elementary, middle, and high school students. Our camps cover everything from study skills,

THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE SUMMER CAMP Phone: (317) 253-3033, email:,

The Children’s House Day Camp provides weekly themed activities in a relaxing environment free of competition. Day Camp activities include art, drama, games, recreational swimming, field trips and many outdoor activities. Day Camp is limited to 25 campers (5-12) and 10 Preschool campers (3-5).

THE ORCHARD SCHOOL'S SUMMER CAMP 615 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 251-9253, Email:, https://orchardsummer Dates: June 11-August 3 Hours: 9 am-4 pm (extended day options) Ages: 3 years -8th grade

The Orchard School’s Summer Camp offers half-day and full-day options with varied experiences that foster creativity, a love of learning and opportunities to make friends. Campers can choose camps outdoors, in the gym, on the field or in the classroom. We have an option for everyone!

WRIGHT'S SUMMER CAMPS 2018 1021 Kendall Court, Westfield, IN 46074, Phone: (317) 750-8394, Contact: Stephanie Clark, email: Dates: May 29th-June 1st, June 4th-8th, June 11th-15th, June 18th-22nd, June 25th-29th, July 2/3/5/6, July 9th-13th, July 16th-20th, July 23rd-27th

ALL-SUMMER-LONG CAMPS at Wright's FUNdamentals & NinjaZone in Westfield! FUN THEMES EVERY WEEK that relate to the crafts, games, lessons, and activities: Dinosaurs, Fairies/Gnomes, Gymnastics/Ninja Games, Cooking, Superhero, Fly High, All Sports, Robots, and Survivor. Single & Multi-Day Options with Sibling Discounts Available! Active in Classes? 10% OFF! We Teach Gymnastics & Ninja in ALL Camps!


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Red Pepperoni and pineapple pizza Baseball and soccer Vanilla Free choice writing Texas Roadhouse Dog Man Despicable Me 3 Hulk Army Guys School Sour Patch Kids

an interesting fact about me Roen’s baseball team won their Little League championship this year!

when I grow up I want to be a scientist or an architect!


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Ask the Teacher Lessons in responsibility, keyboarding skills and video game obsessions




It is more common for schools now to separate work habit behaviors from academic achievement in an effort to make clear what students actually do know. Some schools have developed a reporting system to communicate when work has been missing or late, but some have not. In the past, responsibility was viewed as a component of academic success; now it is seen as a distinct behavior that should not muddy the understanding of exactly what a child has learned. What were traditionally seen as natural consequences of poor time management or organization have been eliminated. Some students have received the message that it does not matter whether work is turned in on time or not. You can reinforce what you want your daughter to learn about responsibility at home though. Develop a list of expected behaviors for which your daughter is responsible. That list might include doing household chores with a timeframe of when tasks should be completed. Behaviors related to school can also be on the list. The two of you can determine what to include that will contribute to her school success.

Regarding your daughter forgetting important items for school at home, let her know that it will not be your policy to bring in what she is missing. To avoid this situation, have your daughter create a list of what needs to go to school each day and teach her to check it each night as she prepares for the following morning. If something is left at home that she considers really important and you agree to bring it in, impose a consequence. Require that your daughter offer the same amount of time you spent locating and delivering whatever she forgot in completing tasks for you. Should this happen a second time, inform your daughter that you will not be bringing anything else to her for the remainder of the school year. Having her experience the consequences of not having what she needs will help this lesson stick.

Several websites offer free typing programs that include lessons, tests and games that don’t require any type of special set up to use. The site education/top-picks/best-typing-gamesfor-students offers a variety of options to find a good fit for your kids. If they spend ten to fifteen minutes a few times each week working with a program that seems more like a game than a skill-builder, their keyboarding will improve dramatically in a short period of time.






Not long ago, technology was introduced in the academic setting along with learning keyboarding skills. Focus seems to have shifted away from that to investigative and creative project development. Many kids have come up with their own method of keyboarding, but their approach is likely not as efficient as traditional typing. Learning to type is something that will benefit students throughout their academic lives and beyond.


Talk with your son about why getting outdoors and being active is so important to him on so many levels. Also, recognize that your son may struggle to find an activity he enjoys that provides exercise. Encourage him to try some new things. Begin with some outdoor family activities. Even simple activities such as a walk or bike ride done as a family can get the ball rolling and show him that being outdoors can offer a different kind of fun that video games can’t provide.

ASK THE TEACHER is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four who holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Deb has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at

Although the data is varied about how video games and screen time affect young people, it is quite clear that lack of physical activity has a significant negative impact. Inactivity may lead to obesity and contribute to poor health. Lack of exercise can impede healthy brain development, attention skills and academic achievement. Recent findings indicate that not only is activity necessary for physical health and academic success, it provides a way to relieve stress as well. April 2018 INDYSCHILD.COM 43








Carmel Montessori School is located on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 18 years head-teaching experience and we a a full member of the American Montessori Society. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available.

Paramount School of Excellence is a tuition-free K-8 charter school that educates students in an innovative environment that instills high expectations for success. Paramount accomplishes its mission and teaches the mastery of Indiana State Standards through an emphasis on rigorous academics, technology and the environment. Integral to the school’s approach to education is school-wide use of computer technology, a green initiative, project-based investigations, community partnerships and three on-site Discovery Centers – an indoor Eco Center, Time and Space Center with a planetarium and an urban farm.

1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, Phone: 317-580-0699, Email:,

CLAY MONTESSORI A Montessori school offering morning, afternoon, and full-day programs. Available for ages 3-6 years old. Call for more information. (Affiliated with Fisher’s Montessori) 463 East Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850

KINDERCARE EDUCATION Our Early Foundations® curriculum sets the industry standard for excellence in education. Our Nationally Accredited Center with a staff of dedicated teachers ensures that children get the positive learning experiences they need to grow up happy and confident. Visit, call or email for additional information. Enrolling Fulltime and Part time schedules. 1001 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN 46032, Phone: 317-844-3464, Email: / 13320 Hazell Dell Parkway, Carmel, IN, Phone 317-843-2956,,

THE LITTLE LAMB CHRISTIAN SCHOOL The Little Lamb Christian School is a home away from home for children 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten. Since 1987, we have been the go-to private preschool for Carmel families who are interested in a Christian education. We are a place where children can learn, explore, create, grow and play! 1609 Greyhound Pass, Carmel, IN 46032, Phone: 317-848-3580, Email:,, 6 weeks to Pre-Kindergarten and after school care

STARTING LINE PRESCHOOL The Right Start for A Lifelong Love of Learning! Our strong academicbased curriculum prepares and encourages your child to succeed in school while discovering learning is fun! All of our classes focus on an introduction to colors, number and letters with exciting art and science projects. Math, social studies and sight words are taught in the older classes.Develop Social Awareness & Friendships, Build Confidence and Master Academic Skills for Kindergarten. 110 Third Ave NE, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Diane Atkins, Phone: 317-753-9397, Email:, http://www.starting

3020 Nowland Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46201 Contact: Peggy Purvis, 317.775.6660,,

Children’s Circle Preschool is a developmentally appropriate, activity based, Christian preschool. We offer classes for children ages 9 months to 5 years old. We meet the needs of the whole child in a creative and loving environment. Our experienced staff embraces excellence in education by nurturing the whole child- physically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Cara Paul, Director, 317-252-5517,,

FISHERS CHILDREN’S DAY IN NURSERY SCHOOL AND TRADITIONAL PRESCHOOL FISHERS MONTESSORI A quality learning environment offering preschool, kindergarten and elementary. Certification through American Montessori Society. 12806 Ford Rd and 131st and Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850

INDIANAPOLIS – NORTH BETH-EL ZEDECK EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative ArtsEnrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood Cost/ Tuition: Please call or email for full brochure Hours/Dates: Flexible Hours. Full Time/Part-Time available. Ages/Grades: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2s+, 3s+, 4s+, Pre-Kindergarten (Kindergarten Readiness Class)(3 day or 5 day option) Before/After School Care: Before and After School Care always available as needed. Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email:,

Children's Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool is a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values and learning through play. It is designed to offer children ages 9 months to 5 years a positive and developmentally appropriate first school experience in the care of experienced and loving caregivers. We play and learn! Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. For the older kids, our program includes weekly Christian Life Skills, Music class taught by Indianapolis Children’s Choir instructors and Book Club. Please call, E-mail or visit for further information and registration forms. Tours are individually set up at your convenience! 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, Phone: 317-253-0472,,

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER, THE CHURCH AT THE CROSSING Our Parents Day Out (16-35 mos) and Part Day Preschool (3 yrs-PreK5) provide relaxed, secure, playful environments that nurture creativity and the exploration of God’s world. A variety of learning materials & readiness skills are woven into each unit. Various days, 9am-2pm. Some extended days. Need longer hours? Try our Neighborhood Child Care ministry designed for 16 mos – Pre K5 with class times 6:30am-6pm. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake, Phone: 317-575-6508, Email: or

BREBEUF JESUIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL You are invited to visit the only Catholic Jesuit school in the state of Indiana that has been educating students in the Jesuit tradition for more than 50 years. Brebeuf Jesuit’s Mission Statement: Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship. CORE VALUES: Education of the Whole Person, A Caring and Diverse Community, The Greater Glory of God. 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact:

Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-524-7090. Email:,

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FALL CREEK MONTESSORI Fall Creek Montessori Academy is a culturally diverse environment where children grow and develop their unique talents and gifts. Through child-centered learning, children excel physically, emotionally, and academically. Conveniently located at Hague Rd. and 88th St., FCMA serves children at all levels, from infancy through kindergarten. Programs are available two to five days per week, with before and after care available. 7770 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256; info@fallcreekmontessori. com;

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HERITAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA, HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Preschool-12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine Arts and 2A IHSAA ATHLETICS. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today! 6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Contact: Admissions Department, 317-849-3441,,

THE ORCHARD SCHOOL The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school, emphasizing experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide leadership experience through well-rounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYC accredited. 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Jennifer Bostrom, Director of Institutional Advancement, Phone: 317-713-5705, Fax: 317-254-8454, Email:,

ST. MARY’S CHILD CENTER AT THE IMA Through a partnership with St. Mary’s Child Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art offers a preschool for children ages 3-5. Anchored in Reggio Emilia inspired teaching, every day the children experience original works of art at the IMA, explore the gardens and grounds, and work on projects inspired by their environment. St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA is a half-day preschool running five days a week from 9 – 11:30 am for the IPS school year. With a low child to adult ratio (6:1), St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA provides personal attention to ensure optimal social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child. - See more at: st-marys-child-center-at-the-ima/#sthash.M7BHuPbB.dpuf 4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208, Phone: 317-9231331 ext. 283,

SYCAMORE SCHOOL At Sycamore, teachers trained in gifted education deliver a curriculum designed to challenge and engage gifted learners. Art, music, Spanish, PE and technology are taught at all levels. Extensive field trips, athletics, child care, financial aid, and a wide variety of after school activities are offered. 1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions. 317-202-2500, Fax: 317-202-2501,,

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INDIANAPOLIS – NORTHEAST FORTUNE ACADEMY Fortune Academy is a not-for-profit private school serving students First-12th grade with language learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing difficulties and ADD/ ADHD. Students may also have difficulties with organization and time management. Fortune Academy educators are trained in the Orton-Gillingham (OG) Approach to serve these unique learners. Fortune High School offers three academic paths: Honors Diploma, Core 40 Diploma, and General Diploma. Fortune Academy is accredited by AOGPE, IDA and ISACS. Fortune also ranked 18 in the top 50 best special needs schools in the country by Masters in Special Education Guide. Now enrolling. Call today to schedule a tour at 317-377-0544. Visit our website at www. 5626 Lawton Loop E. Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46216. 317-377-0544.

INDIANAPOLIS – SOUTH CENTER GROVE MONTESSORI AND INDIANA MONTESSORI COMMUNITY SCHOOL Center Grove Montessori Program offers: Hands-on learning, multi-aged students learning together, a key element to the Montessori philosophy, a focus on the intrinsic motivation of children, carefully prepared classrooms balancing children's choice with structure, large blocks of uninterrupted time for learning and building concentration, peace education through global awareness, structured, self-directed learning. 1674 West Smith Valley Rd., Greenwood, IN 46142 and 531 US 31 S, White land, IN 46184, Contact: Brenda Enderle, Phone: 317-833-0335, Email:;info@centergrove montessori. com,

WESTFIELD POLLY PANDA PRESCHOOL Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our theme-based hands-on preschool program provides a wide-range of experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of self-worth, independence and growth in social skills are developed through positive interaction with peers and our well-qualified and loving staff. Now enrolling for summer. 2944 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email:,

THE SAPLING SCHOOL The Sapling School offers a year round Reggio-inspired preschool for children ages 3 to 5 in conjunction with extended after care hours for working families. We empower children to discover themselves and the world around them as they become critical thinkers, creative problem-solvers, and collaborative community members. We value our students and their passions, curiosities, and joys. Their interests guide the holistic, emergent curriculum and our learning environment. Look for our teachers and students around the Broad Ripple area interacting with neighbors as they learn the unique ways they are capable of enriching their community. For more information or to explore our virtual tour please visit www. or To schedule a private tour please call (317) 319-8228, 838 East 65th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Email:,

MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF WESTFIELD, INC. Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westfield adheres to the academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child. The Montessori School of Westfield serves children from Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero and Tipton. We serve children ages 18 months to 15 years. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, Phone: 317-867-0158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email:, www.montessorischoolof

childcare PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY 24/7 CHILDCAR​E ​ B&J is a childcare that is safe, nurturing environment where your P child will get the attention and care that he or she eeds. We are licensed and always working to meet anexceed all health and safety guidelines. You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect . Open late for lots of flexiblity. Stop in for more info. Follow us on twitter @pbj247childcare. 5501 E. 71st Street, Suite 4, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Anita Beck, Phone: 317-205-9211, Email:,



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SUN 01 EASTER LAND- ONE WEEKEND THEME PARK Your child is invited to explore Easter Land, a FREE one-weekend theme park at People’s Church Easter weekend. Kids will slide and bounce on humongous inflatables, hunt for over 8,000 Easter eggs in their massive egg hunt, saddle up for a pony ride, and get close up and hands-on with cute, cuddly animals in the Petting Zoo and much more! Free. Location: Fall Creek Valley Middle School, Phone: 317-662-0885, easter


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INDIANA COMIC CON Indiana Comic Con is Indianapolis’ largest, true comic con. Featured are exhibitors that cater to a widespectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals, and comicdom-related celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet. As admission is kept reasonable for adults and FREE for children, the Indiana Comic Con is a familyfriendly convention. Location: Indiana Convention Center, Time: 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm,

MON 02 NOBLESVILLE STORYTIME Storytime is for older toddlers through preschoolers and their caregiver. Sing, play and listen to stories followed by an activity or craft. Their programs are designed to include STEAM activities, help young children develop the skills they will need to be ready to read, and encourage the development of fine and gross motor skills. Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 10:30-11:00 am, Phone: 317-773-1384



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PAWS TO READ AT EAGLE School-age children who are reluctant readers are invited to read to a nonjudgmental registered therapy dog who loves to listen to stories! It's a great way to improve a child's reading skills and self-confidence.

PEAS IN A POD: PRESCHOOL SNACKING WORKSHOP Preschoolers and an adult are invited to join the Marion County Health Department to explore fruits and vegetables through games, stories and activities. They'll put on an apron and learn how to prepare a tasty and healthy snack! This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Call to register. FREE.

HOOSIER HORSE FAIR AND EXPO Since 1978 the Indiana Horse Council has produced 39 successful Expos. The goal of the 40th Anniversary Expo and the Indiana Horse Council is to strengthen equinerelated businesses, organizations, nonprofits and professionals by producing an event that promotes the proper care, horse management, horsemanship and pure enjoyment of the animal loved by horse enthusiasts of all disciplines, ages and special interests.

ROBOTS AFTER NOON Families are invited to try a variety of the Learning Curve’s robotics technology and practice programming. With various types of robots and games available each week, participants can try something new or dive deeper into a favorite. This program will be held in the Arena. Also held on April 15, 22 & 25. FREE.

Location: Eagle Branch Library, Time 4:00-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4340

EGG-CEPTIONAL EGGS Eggs come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Discover what animals come from eggs, explore some egg-cellent science, and go on an egg hunt around the Nature Center. Finally, create your own egg craft to take home. Register at www.zionnaturecenter. org Location: Zion Nature Center, Time: 1:00-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-873-8950

BUTTERFLIES AND FROGS Learn about the life cycles of Frogs and Butterflies. Fun crafts and surprises as well. Location: Broad Ripple Park, Time: 10:00 am-11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7161

TUES 03 - SUN 08 PINEWOOD DERBY Pinewood Derby returns to the Indiana State Museum with its impressive two-story, 125-foot race track! Join them for Fun Runs, the official race and a Best in Show competition. Fun Runs takes place April 3-6 & 8. Race day is April 7 including the Best in Show competition. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637

WED 04 LIFE IS DANCE PRESCHOOL WORKSHOP Preschoolers ages 3-6 are invited to an interactive presentation that is ideal for exposing them to the art of dance. Those attending will learn how they can create dance all the time in every situation. This program is presented by Phoenix Rising Dance Company and made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Call to register. Location: Franklin Road Branch Library, Time: 10:15 & 11:15 am, Phone: 317-275-4380

Location: Haughville Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4420

SLEEPING BEAUTY Experience a vintage marionette show on a beautiful stage with velvet curtains and scenery. The cackling witch, delightful fairies and music by Tchaikovsky will enchant your children. Tickets: $12; free for children under two. Optional post-show workshop is $3. *Ongoing Location: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at Indiana State Museum, Time: see website for times, Phone: 317-232-1637

PARENT AND PRESCHOOLER YOGA Preschoolers ages 3-6 and an adult are invited to enjoy the health benefits that yoga can offer during this program presented by the Greater Indianapolis YMCA. This 45-minute program is made possible by Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent through a gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Location: East Washington Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4360

$5 THURSDAY NIGHTS Starting on April's $5 First Thursday, you can pay $5 per person to visit either the museum or the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience. For $7, you can buy a ticket to both! Again, this is only between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 4:00-8:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000

FRI 06 INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS OPENING NIGHT Celebrate the 2018 season opener with Bike to the Ballpark from Sun King's downtown brewery to Victory Field. A spectacular fireworks display follows the game. Gates open at 5:30 PM. Location: Victory Field, Time: 7:15 pm, Ticket information:

Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Time: 8:00 am,

SAT 07 CIRCLE CITY BHANGRA COMPETITION Circle City Bhangra will be hosting its 2nd annual Bhangra competition in Indianapolis. This year the competition will take place at Franklin Central High School Auditorium. Family and friends are invited to experience the great talent brought forth by the competing teams who will have traveled from all parts of North America. Bhangra is blend between music and dance, which originates from the Punjab region of India. Location: Franklin Central High School, Time: 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-862-6646

CEREAL CINEMA - WINNIE THE POOH Parents and kids are invited to experience Cereal Cinema, a unique family-friendly event created by Indy Film Fest. Cereal Cinema features the two things that every family needs on a Saturday morning—a fun-for-all-ages classic movie and a cereal bar! The $6 ticket includes film admission and a bowl of cereal. Coffee for tired parents is available for $1. Location: Newfields- Toby Theater, Time: 9:15 am, Phone: 317-560-4433

SPRING WILDFLOWERS Every week brings new wildflower blooms along the forest trails. Join Park Naturalist Mindy Murdock as they discover what’s blooming this week. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture their beauty. Location: Zion Nature Center, Time: 10:00-11:00 am, Phone: 317-873-8950

HERBS WITH KIDS Join the Herb Society of Central Indiana for some fun learning about herbs and how to grow them. Participants will learn about different types of herb gardens such as pizza gardens and salsa gardens and get to try some herb snacks. Participants will also take home a small container herb garden to watch grow. Registration required. $5. Location: The Garfield Park Arts Center, Time: 10:00- 11:30 am, garfieldgardensconservatory. org/programsevents

Location: Central Library, Time: 1:00-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-0000

MON 09 FISHERS STORYTIME This is a drop-in storytime for all ages and their families. Children will listen to stories and participate in songs, activities, making a craft and free play. FREE. Location: Fishers Library, Time 11:00 am, Phone: 317-579-0300

TUES 10 JUNGLE TALES Bring your preschooler to this program with a focus on the natural world. Join the staff of Garfield Parks for a different nature-related story, activity and craft each month. Registration required. $5 Location: The Garfield Park Arts Center, Time: 10:00-11:30 am, Phone: 317-327-7135

TUES 10 LITERACY POP-UP CENTER Children of all ages are invited for programs that provide age-appropriate books, phonics-focused activities, mind building games and multi-sensory instruction. In addition, teachers, parents and caregivers will be introduced to IndyPL resources. This program is made possible by the Donna D. Talley Story Theatre and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. This program will be held at a community location. Contact the branch for more information. Also held on April 24. Location: East 38th Street Branch Library, Time: 5:00- 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4350

WED 11 NOT-SO-UGLY DUCKLING: A CHILDREN'S OPERA Children ages 5-11 and their families are invited to enjoy this variation of the classic children's story presented by the Indianapolis Opera. This 40-minute production is set in Duckling Springs Elementary School! This program will be held at 37 Place, 2605 E. 25th St. Call to register. Location: Brightwood Branch, Time: 6:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4310

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THURS 12 HOMESCHOOL: SPORTS LEGENDS EXPERIENCE – BASKETBALL Shoot for the stars as you learn about the history and tradition of basketball, one of Indiana's most iconic sports! Calculate the arc and velocity of a basketball using math and physics. Learn about Indiana Pacer legend Reggie Miller and how careers in sports can go beyond the court. Explore the science behind hand-eye coordination. Discover the sports legend in you! $4 for members, $8 for member youths, $5 for nonmembers, $10 for nonmember youths, Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am & 1:00 pm, events/1752943031382970/

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Enjoy an MGM movie classic-turned musical and a singin’, dancin’, romantic romp through Hollywood’s golden age! Discount of $6 off per ticket available to children ages 3-15. Children under age 3 cannot be admitted to this show. Not all shows may be suitable for all ages. *Ongoing Location: Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, See website for times, Phone: 317-872-9664

FRI 13 FISHERS BABY TIME This creative playtime is for babies, birth through 2 years. We'll share stories, songs, and rhymes followed by time to play! Siblings are welcome. Location: Fishers Library, Time 11:00 am, Phone: 317-579-0300



PRESCHOOL DANCE PARTY Do your preschoolers have ants in their pants? Joint CCPL for a half hour of dancing fun as they shake their sillies out and rock the library! No registration is required. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library Program Room, Time: 10:30-11:00 am, Phone: 317-8143900

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ANNUAL ATTIC SALE AT THE MUSEUM OF MINIATURE HOUSES Miniature accessories, craft supplies, special gifts will be offered at bargainbasement prices including a large selection of miniature furniture, accessories, dolls, constructed dollhouses, kits, and supplies. FREE. Location: Museum of Miniature Houses, Time: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm,

DINOSAUR ART: PRESCHOOL ART WORKSHOP Preschoolers are invited to make a prehistoric creation during this program led by the Art Lab. Those attending will listen to a story and create their own masterpiece! This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Call to register.

DARCI LYNNE AND FRIENDS Ventriloquist, Darci Lynne is the youngest contestant to ever win “America’s Got Talent.” This young ventriloquist is inspiring the next generation to keep this unique art alive!

Location: Fountain Square Branch, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4390

PEANUT BUTTER & JAM RAINFOREST RHYTHM JAM Designed for children ages 1-7, Peanut Butter & Jam sessions encourage young children to become engaged in the arts. Get ready to find your groove and share your rhythm with Ms. Lisa from Bongo Boy Music! Kids will experience a creative rhythmic adventure playing drums and percussion while having a great time 'Jammin' in the Jungle! A great way to celebrate Earth Day! Tickets: $10. Two adults free with every child ticket purchase.

JUNKYARD HAWKS MUSICAL PERFORMANCE Junkyard Hawks is an innovative percussion ensemble of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders attending Hite Elementary School. These young, talented musicians read and perform a variety of percussion music including Contemporary, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and most notably, making music with “ junk”. Much of their repertoire includes common objects such as buckets, trash cans, plastic bags, poles…nearly ANYTHING that can be used to make a sound. Their performance style is energetic, creative, interactive and always a pleaser for all ages. Free with general admission. Location: Rhythm Discovery Center, Time: 11:00 am-3:00 pm,

Location: Old National Centre, Time: 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-231-0000

Location: The Center for the Performing Arts, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-843-380

MON 16 FISHERS FULL STEAM AHEAD HOMESCHOOL "RAIN GUTTER REGATTA” Ahoy there Matey! Join other homeschoolers for a fun hour of making and racing sailboats at the library using nothing but wind power. We'll use physics and the science of lift along with your creativity. All supplies are provided. No registration required. FREE. Location: Fishers Library, Time 11:00 am, Phone: 317-579-0300


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WED 18 SMALL HANDS, BIG CHANGE: EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Children ages 6 - 11 are invited to celebrate Earth Day with Earth-friendly crafts and activities. Location: Pike Branch Library, Time: 6:00-7:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4480

BEASTLY BRUNCH The animals at the nature center eat some rather disgusting food! Join Beastly Brunch to watch the animals eat crickets, worms, and mice, and even learn about their diets. Meets in the nature center lobby. FREE. Location: Holliday Park, Time: 10:30-11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7180

THURS 19 DANCE, JUMP & JIVE Moving is learning! Does your Pre-K child love to dance and move to music? Physical movement is recognized by early childhood experts as one of the primary developmental domains of childhood, and this program is a fun way to combine movement with learning. Children will develop their gross motor skills and coordination as they increase their awareness of musical rhythm and just plain have fun! For ages 4-6. No registration required. FREE. Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 10:30-11:00 am, Phone: 317-773-1384

THURS 19 & SAT 21 ISO TEDDY BEAR CONCERT SERIES: MONKEY'S JUNGLE JAM Preschoolers and early elementary students are invited for an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra through story, movement and live music played by members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. "Monkey's Jungle Jam" is an original story written by Victoria Griswold that tells the adventure-filled tale of a spider monkey's search through the rain forest for musical friends. Those attending are encouraged to bring their teddy bears! Location: Central Library's Clowes Auditorium, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4100

LEMONADE UNIVERSITY School-age children are invited to learn the basics of running a business - their own lemonade stand! All participants who successfully complete Lemonade University will be prepared to participate in Lemonade Day 2018. The Library will also have a drawing for a limited number of participants to open their own Lemonade Cafe in the College Avenue Branch! Call to register.

PRAIRIE TOTS: SHAGGY SHEEP Come to Conner Prairie to meet the new mothers and babies on the prairie and learn all about wool. $6 youth, $5 member. Reservations are required. Register online at or by calling 317-7766000.

Location: College Avenue Branch Library, Time: 6:00- 8:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4320

Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 9:30-10:15 am and 11-11:45 am,

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SAT 21 NATURALLY INSPIRED PAINT OUT Each spring, the Zoo invites a group of 15 juried artists to make art "en plein air" (outdoors) at Naturally Inspired Paint Out Day. During this signature Zoo event, guests have a special opportunity to observe the artists as they turn a blank canvas or a hunk of clay into a truly extraordinary work of art inspired by the natural world, right on the Indianapolis Zoo's campus. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: (317) 630-2001

EARTH DAY INDIANA FESTIVAL The Earth Day Indiana Festival highlights over 125 environmental nonprofits, companies and groups. The festival includes a music stage, workshops and food vendors. Don't miss the Butterfly Parade led by Him Poyser at 3:00 pm! The event's mission is to highlight sustainablity, environmental protection and resource conservation. FREE. Location: Military Park, Time: 11:00 am- 4:00 pm,

SPRING MARKET Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift at Spring Market, where you can buy hand-made pottery, paintings, jewelry, decorative art and more from some of the best artists in the region. This event is included with museum admission. Location: Eitlejorg Museum, Time: 10:00 am5:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-1388

SCIENCE IS EVERYWHERE Join The Children’s Museum for a day full of STEM exploration! Bring your scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer geniuses to give them the opportunity to learn some new STEM skills. Science is everywhere, and on this day, they will prove it! Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 4:30-7:30 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000

WESTFIELD GREEN DAY Come out to Freedom Trail Park for several opportunities to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day! Participants can volunteer to help maintain the prairie at Freedom Trail Park, learn helpful tips to maintain your own lawn and garden, and pick up a couple of FREE tree seedlings! FREE. Location: Freedom Trail Park Westfield, Time: 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-804-3184,

SAT 21- SUN 22 IKEA LIVING INDOORS & OUT EVENT Join IKEA Fishers for a weekend of exciting offers, workshops and giveaways all focused on outdoor living. FREE. Location: IKEA Fishers, Time: 9:30 am- 4:00 pm

SUN 22 EARTH DAY COMMUNITY CELEBRATION The 7th Annual Earth Day Community Celebration returns with more than 65 hands-on, environmentally-friendly activities by almost 50 exhibitors (see list of activities below). This year, help us celebrate Israel at 70. And plan to stay for the day with live music on the WTTS stage and food trucks. FREE. Location: Jewish Community Center, Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-9467

BEST BUDDIES FRIENDSHIP RUN/WALK The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the number one walk in the country raising awareness and funds to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Registration is free and there is no minimum fundraising amount to participate. FREE. Location: White River State Park Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Phone: 233-2434

CLASSICAL CONCERTS AT CENTRAL Adults and families are invited to experience the dynamic world of chamber music with members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. This program will be held in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. FREE. Location: Central Library, Time; 2:00- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4100

FAMILY CREEK STOMP Holliday Park has ponds and creeks teeming with wildlife. Participants will have loads of fun getting wet and muddy exploring the creatures that live in these wet places. A naturalist will help you identify what you find! Nets and collecting tubs provided. Wear old shoes and clothes. $5. Location: Holliday Park, Time: 10:30-11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7180

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PLAY DATE PRESCHOOL STORYTIME AT FOUNTAIN SQUARE Preschoolers and an adult are invited for stories, songs, fingerplays and rhymes followed by playtime at the library.

WICKED Through May 13 Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz...but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one "good," and the other one "wicked."

INDY FREE TREE Get a FREE tree for Arbor Day! Stop by Monument Circle in front of the IPL building for the Indy Free Tree event. Beginning at 11 a.m., 1,000 trees will be distributed to celebrate Arbor Day. Visitors will enjoy FREE pizza and learn about the benefits of trees. FREE.

MUTT STRUT The fifteenth edition of The Greatest Spectacle in Dog Walking returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Come and see why NUVO readers have voted Mutt Strut Indy’s best charitable event five years in a row, and help IndyHumane care for thousands of homeless animals in Central Indiana by registering today. In addition to the fun of walking around the historical 2.5-mile oval with your best four-legged friends, you’ll have the opportunity to visit with the sponsors, see some great demonstrations, and much more!

Location: Fountain Square Branch, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-275-4390

TUES 24 NOBLESVILLE BABYTIME This lapsit program is for infants through young toddlers and their caregiver. Participate in rhymes, songs, and stories with your little one. Babytimes are designed to familiarize babies with sounds, words, and stories and to encourage the development of motor skills. Caregivers will take away ideas for playing with baby in a meaningful way. Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 10:30-11:00 am, Phone: 317-773-1384

WED 25 TWO'S AND THREE'S STORYTIME Children ages two and three years old and an adult are invited for a storytime with exciting books, songs, movement and crafts focusing on early literacy skills. FREE. Location: Glendale Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4410

APRIL SHOWERS Let's have fun with water! Join them for a story, craft and fun activity as you learn about nature. Registration required. $5 Location: The Garfield Park Arts Center, Time: 10:00-11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7135

*Ongoing Location: Old National Centre, Time: see website for times, Phone: 317-231-0000

THURS 26 INDY FILM FEST XV What started as a two-day festival in 2004 has since expanded to include year-round events that empower audiences to connect with films, filmmakers, and one another. *Ongoing Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Time: 11:00- 5:00 pm,

THURS 26- 29 WHALE OF A SALE Whale of a Sale is a semi-annual kids consignment event featuring clothing, toys, strollers, bikes, furniture, maternity and fantastic local vendors. Indy families shop new and gently used brand name items from 500+ families at a fraction of retail price. Location: Grand Park Westfield, See website for specific times for each day,

Location: Monument Circle, Time: 11:00 am2:00 pm,

ARBOR DAY Get a free tree while supplies last when you visit Conner Prairie on Arbor Day. Get outside and connect with nature by seeing how many different types of trees you can identify or talk with foresters to discover what trees grow in Indiana and how they are used. Included with general admission. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 10:00 am-5 pm,

BEYOND THE EXHIBIT: BEYOND THE PALEO WINDOW Explore the Cretaceous world and learn about the tools used in the lab, create a cast using a mold from a dinosaur fossil, examine the Triceratops skull, and tour the Natural Science Collections area! $13 members; $16.25 nonmembers Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 5:30- 6:30 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000

FRI 27 HAIRSPRAY The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She uses her celebrity and newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and along with her friends and fans – change the world... all without denting her 'do! *Ongoing Location: The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts, Time: see website for times: Phone: 317-843-3800


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MOMMY & ME: WILDFLOWERS Give your toddler a fun and interactive introduction to nature in their Mommy & Me classes! Each month they will focus on a different topic and will feature live animal encounters, stories, crafts and nature exploration. Due to school being in session, parking is not available at the Zion Nature Center. They will meet at the elementary school gates at 9:30 a.m. and walk to the Nature Center together. Ages: 1-3 years with an adult. FREE. Location: Zion Nature Center, Time: 9:30- 10:30 am, Phone: 317-873-5410

Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Phone: 317-481-8500,

NAPTOWN ROLLER DERBY The Tornado Sirens and the Warning Belles are proving to Indianapolis and the world that roller derby isn't just a bunch of fights and flash; it's the coolest sport there ever was for women. Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Time: 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-927-7500

RACE FOR THE CURE Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Location: Military Park, Time: 9:00-11:00 am,

REACH OUT AND READIN CHILDREN'S DAY! In partnership with Reach Out and Read Indiana, IndyPL invites families and children of all ages for a celebration of language and learning throughout the Learning Curve. Guest celebrities will read stories aloud to children. Families and individuals can read books to win prizes. Every book read will help build the home library of an at-risk preschooler. The day also will include Grammy-nominated artist José-Luis Orozco who will present a family concert at 11 a.m. in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium. Meet a character from PBS Kids and enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, and more. Reach Out and Read is a non-profit organization that supports medical providers who give books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud at well-child exams. This program is sponsored by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Location: Central Library's Clowes Auditorium, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-275-4100

BOWLING FOR RHINOS Along with three games of bowling, party-goers enjoyed a silent auction that included behind-the-scenes Zoo tours, animal paintings and much more! Location: Woodland Bowl, Time: 5:30- 9:00 pm, Phone: 317-630-2001

SPRING WILDFLOWERS Every week brings new wildflower blooms along the forest trails. Join Park Naturalist Mindy Murdock as they discover what’s blooming this week. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture their beauty. FREE. Location: Starkey Nature Park, Time: 1:00-2:00 pm, Phone: 317-873-5410

SAT 28 - SUN 29 SHEAR FUN! Discover the art and science of fiber through a variety of activities, demonstrations and meet-and-greets with our four-legged fiber friends. See the sheep-shearing process up close and experiment with hands-on activities, such as weaving and sewing. Connect with the past by spinning wool on an ancient drop spindle or by learning how the Lenape Indians used natural fibers to create cordage and weave belts. Included with general admission. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.,

SUN 29 SYMFUNY SUNDAY - DISCOVER THE INDIANAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Join the ISO as they embark on a journey to explore inspiration! Inspiration can strike anywhere – in nature, artwork, or real life adventures – and has influenced composers through the ages. Through this concert, you will explore the motivation behind the music we all love today, from Copland and Beethoven to John Williams. Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, Time: 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-262-1100

VINTAGE MOVIE NIGHTS Join film historian and preservationist Eric Grayson as he presents a new series of unique and rare vintage film titles. Tickets are available at the door on the night of the film for $5 each. Popcorn, candy and drinks are available for $1 apiece. $5.00. Location: The Garfield Park Arts Center, Time: 7:00- 9:00 pm, Phone: 317-327-7135, gpacarts. org/vintagemovienight

SUN 29 - MON 30 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR America Ninja Warrior returns to Monument Circle on April 29! Watch as people attempt to conquer one of the most difficult obstacle courses in the United States. Indianapolis will host a City Qualifier and City final. Only the best of the best Ninjas will continue to the National Finals. Location: Monument Circle, Time: 6:00 pm- midnight, americanninjawarriornation. com/2018

ongoing events. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Through April 14 Experience a vintage marionette show on a beautiful stage with velvet curtains and scenery.

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Location: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio

PINOCCHIO Through April 15 Blue Fairy leads visitors on a magical journey through this retelling of the classic story featuring original music, sing-alongs, and interactivity. Through his adventures, Pinocchio learns that respecting other people, telling the truth, and being good will make his dreams come true. With an emphasis on anti-bullying for prekindergarten through grade 2. Ages 4+. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

DANCE! Through April 30 DANCE! is the first temporary exhibit to be featured in The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture. Visitors to this exhibit should be ready to move their feet to the beat and join the fun. This multigenerational exhibit looks at dance styles through the ages and around the world. Families who feel daring may want to put on their dancing shoes and take the stage to showcase their best dance moves. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

IN THEIR HONOR Through May 2018 This new contemporary art exhibition is a tribute to five Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellows who have passed: Allan Houser, George Morrison, Harry Fonseca, John Hoover and Rick Bartow. Location: Eiteljorg Museum

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RILEY CHILDREN'S HEALTH SPORTS LEGENDS EXPERIENCE The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience combines rich sports history, physical fitness, and health education in a variety of family-fun, indoor and outdoor experiences. Run, drive, jump, putt, and play while learning how to stay happy, healthy, and safe. Meet a legendary sports character every visit, hear their story of greatness, and get coached in the drills and skills that helped them succeed. Imagine yourself in the shoes of that same sports legend, and start your story today. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Occurring until May 26 Enjoy an MGM movie classic-turned musical and a singin’, dancin’, romantic romp through Hollywood’s golden age!Discount of $6 off per ticket available to children ages 3-15. Children under age 3 cannot be admitted to this show. Not all shows may be suitable for all ages. Location: Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, See website for times, Phone: 317-872-9664

INDY FILM FEST XV Occurring April 26-May 6 What started as a two-day festival in 2004 has since expanded to include year-round events that empower audiences to connect with films, filmmakers, and one another. Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields,

THE REEL WEST Through February 3, 2019 Join the Eiteljorg for an action- packed day of The Reel West programming! Be one of the first to explore the exhibition with curator Johanna Blume on her 11:00 a.m. tour. Have fun with family activities in Eagle Commons, or watch the 1966 film Duel at Diablo in Lilly Theater. Location: Eitlejorg Museum

MUSEUM INVASION Every Saturday Don’t just visit the museum, invade it. Wear practical shoes—they’re the only practical thing on the tour. From the odd to the shocking to the just plain eyeopening, a Museum INvasion tour turns the traditional museum experience on its head. Museum INvasion tours are intended for adults, but suitable for children ages 10 and up. To reserve your spot on this tour, please give them a call! Walk-ins are welcome when space is available. Time: 1:30 pm, or by appointment (Saturdays), Location: Indiana State Museum, Phone: 317-232-1637, http://www.indianamuseum. org/group-visits

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BUTTERFLY KALEIDOSCOPE Through September 3 Immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies in this three-acre Hilbert Conservatory. They've transformed the indoor gardens into a tropical paradise to bring you over 40 species of butterflies in a way that you've never experienced them before! Location: Indianapolis Zoo

THE CHOCOLATE SLIDE Occurring until April 29 Get ready for a sweet experience when the Chocolate Slide returns! With the museum’s Sunburst Atrium transformed into a Willy Wonka-inspired wonderland, you’ll zoom down a slide themed like a river of chocolate, and enjoy sweet treats and good eats in the Chocolate Café! Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

FOLLOW THE NORTH STAR Occurring April 20, 21, 27, 28 Follow the North Star is an award-winning, participatory museum theater experience that demonstrates the wide ranging social attitudes toward African-Americans in pre-Civil War Indiana. Participants travel back to the year 1836 and assume the role of fugitive slaves seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad through Indiana. Traveling as a group, you will encounter a variety of characters, ranging from sympathetic allies to racist antagonists. It is a powerful experience that generates empathy, provokes discussion and immerses visitors in this important part of our nation’s history. For ages 12 and older; children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. Program runs 1 hour and 45 minutes; staggered start times every 15 minutes. Cost: $20 person, $17 member Location: Conner Prairie, Phone: 317-7766000,

WICKED Occurring until May 12 Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz...but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one "good," and the other one "wicked." Location: Old National Centre

PLEASE NOTE At Indy's Child, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally, event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.

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